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Livestrong: Don’t take off the bracelet

Now that Lance Armstrong has stepped down from the board of the Livestrong Foundation, the charity he founded after his cancer diagnosis, his public disgrace seems complete. The once-lionized cycling star, stripped of his Tour de France titles due to overwhelming evidence that he engaged in doping, is now a symbol of moral failure and diminished hope.

But that doesn’t mean supporters of the Livestrong Foundation need to stop wearing the yellow rubber bracelets that once referenced Armstrong’s racing colors. Whatever sins Armstrong committed in the world of racing, they don’t erase the good work that the foundation has done in fighting cancer — or the role those faddish bracelets have played in fostering a sense of community.

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