Monday, June 29, 2009
Liam's Ride with Lance Armstrong-Link to LIAMLIVESTRONG Video Clip
The last few of days have been incredible, but before I say more, let me tell you that today we met Lance Armstrong. It was not like a “hello, how are you” kind of meeting. It was an introduction that took place in the Alps, on the bike, and during the last kilometer of a very hard climb. Incredibly, Lance actually took the time to slow it down a bit, and we were able to ride over the top of the Col de la Colombiere with him. Liam will always remember this day -- Liam and Lance two fellow riders sharing their love of cycling on a perfect summer’s day in the mountains of France.
Lance is an incredible athlete and human being. I had never met Lance before today, but have always admired his athletic accomplishments, and his important work in the fight against cancer. Lance’s return to cycling is he saying to the world, “come on guys we can’t sit back on our heels. There is a lot more work to be done, now!” As an acupuncturist, working in the western medical system, I see many cancer patients for palliative care for complications from their disease and side effects of their treatments. People (individuals, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters) die everyday from this disease. The status quo is not acceptable. Much more needs to be done. Lance Armstrong and his foundation provide both inspiration and material support for this effort.
One of the goals for the Father/Son Tour is to bring awareness to the important work that needs to be done in the battle against cancer. We also want to bring attention to a proactive approach to health. Exercise and healthy food needs to replace some of the video games and junk food that are all too common in today’s lifestyle. Our hope is that some kids, or even whole families, will see our blog, and that it will encourage them to get more active together. What Liam is doing, in France, is extreme for a kid his age, but it all started with a passion, and some quality father/son rides that just, over time, started to grow longer.
I have to say that a lot of our inspiration came from watching Lance in July on the same roads that we met him on today.
Allez! Lance. Live strong!