The Livestrong Foundation faces opportunities as well as challenges as it moves out from under the shadow of its founder, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Austin American-Statesman writes. The article assesses the state of the Austin-based cancer charity as Chandini Portteus, a 10-year veteran of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, takes the helm as Livestrong's CEO.
Livestrong and Mr. Armstrong severed ties after he admitted to doping throughout his storied racing career, but fundraising and corporate support still plummeted in the scandal's wake. Foundation leaders have sought to frame its next chapter not as a comeback but as a renewal of its commitment to serving cancer patients and survivors, as reflected in Livestrong's first major post-Armstrong effort: a 10-year, $50 million partnership with the University of Texas's Dell Medical School to establish a care center.
Mark Lipton, a management professor at the New School in New York who has closely followed Livestrong's ups and downs, said the charity can reap gains by presenting itself as a leaner organization focused solely on its mission, without the distractions and demands that come with a superstar founder. "It’s a huge opportunity," Mr. Lipton said.