Beach non-profits partnered with Livestrong react to Armstrong confession
As controversy swallows lance Armstrong many wonder how it will affect the foundation he started.
Two Virginia Beach organizations partnered with Livestrong say they will remain committed to the charity.
If you’re a runner in Hampton Roads, you’ve probably heard of J and A Racing. Owners Jerry and Amy Frostik organize several races a year including the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and Virginia is for lovers 14K.
Last year, they raised a quarter million dollars for Livestrong.
They say Armstrong’s downfall has nothing to do with the charity he founded.
Cindy Graf feels the same way.
Graf’s non-profit ‘A Dolphin’s Promise’ partnered with the city of Virginia Beach gives 90 percent of its profits to Livestrong.
“Not for a single moment did I ever consider changing where my money goes to,” says Graf.
Graf still calls Armstrong her hero and knows him personally through working with Livestrong.
The project has helped bring dozens of life size dolphins to the city and in turn helps many who struggle with cancer.
“If you stop raising money for them, you don’t hurt Lance Armstrong, you hurt the people who are battling cancer,” says Graf.
The once legendary athlete and role model has fallen from grace, but both Beach organizations say Armstrong’s legacy is still an inspiration.