Lance will be awarded the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for Cancer Control at the organization’s annual conference in Los Angeles, CA today. Armstrong is among four Americans who are receiving the Society’s highest honor. The other Medal of Honor recipients include Arnold J. Levine, Ph.D. and Edward E. Harlow, Ph.D. for Basic Research; and Marvin Zelen, Ph.D. for Clinical Research.
“I am extremely humbled to receive the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor,” said Armstrong. “During my own battle with cancer, I established LIVESTRONG with a modest goal to help at least one person affected by this disease. While we exceeded that goal long ago, the burden of cancer tragically continues to grow worldwide. This year, we established the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign to reverse that deadly trend and we are already making significant strides in elevating cancer as a global priority. I thank the American Cancer Society for this honor and for being a valued partner in our cancer control efforts.”
Medal of Honor recipients for 2009 were chosen by the American Cancer Society’s National Awards Committee. The Medal of Honor, originally called the American Cancer Society Award, was first given in 1949.