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February 27, 2013

Livestrong Chief Says Scandal Won't Override Group's Mission

The chief executive of the Livestrong Foundation tells NBC Bay Area that the cancer charity's fundraising and focus remain strong in the wake of the doping scandal that engulfed its founder, cyclist Lance Armstrong.

"We owe it to the people who have invested in the mission to grow what we do, not retreat," said Doug Ulman, who has led the former Lance Armstrong Foundation for 12 years. "Actually double down and go forward with more vigor and resolve than we've ever had."

Mr. Ulman said sponsors who have cut ties with Mr. Armstrong have renewed deals with charity, which provides services for cancer survivors and their families and has raised $500-million in its 15 years. He said symbols of the rider's charity work remain in view at Livestrong's Austin, Tex., headquarters, adding, "We're not going to rewrite history."

Mr. Ulman is scheduled to deliver a "State of the Foundation" address at Livestrong's Chicago office on Thursday, according to an announcement from the charity.