Tour de Force
Thank you for the story about Lance Armstrong (The Next Stage, May 8). Now that the fight is personal, I am glad to have him on the side of us cancer patients. I am a physician myself, and I am sometimes frustrated that researchers do not seem to have the same sense of urgency that Lance has about this disease. He is truly a hero for taking up the fight against cancer.
Dr. Nicolas Padron, Dallas
The May 8 cover is one of the best in the history of SI. The look of resolve on those children's faces is the most moving image I've ever seen in a sports magazine.
James Hutchinson, Colorado Springs
When I was going through chemotherapy two years ago, I thought I would never feel good again. Lance's story was a remarkable inspiration--if he got better, so could I--and I did.
Jane Garland, Stafford, Va.
I received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 1999, and four years later the cancer returned. Armstrong taught me that knowledge about this disease is power over this disease. Lance was and is my leader in the war against cancer.
Christine McAuliffe, Davison, Mich.
As a cyclist and as a member of a family touched by cancer, I can only hope that Lance's athletic achievements are surpassed by his ability to persuade our government to increase funding for cancer research. This journey really is not about the bike.