Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Today is My Birthday

Today is my birthday, so my husband took me on a little day trip - we had a really good time.
Sometimes on my birthday, I just feel like sticking my tongue out and shouting, "YEAH CANCER, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY."
Another birthday of many more birthdays to come!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Day 2 of the Forum

Day 2 of the LiveSTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum, the Republican candidates.

Monday, August 27, 2007

"No Retreat, No Surrender"

My husband loves the movie 300. He loves it so much that he purchased the DVD, which is something we do not normally do. He had already watched it several times before I finally made the decision to bite the bloody bullet and join him in the viewing. Actually, the truth is, I was comfortably sitting in the family room with my laptop and had no desire to give up my cozy seat when he was determined to watch it for the 300th time. 
The movie grew bloodier and bloodier ever moment but the tenacity of these 300 men caught my attention and made it impossible for me to turn away. 
The 300 men were determined, brave, loyal, and committed. And what really caught my interest was that fearless, courageous king, who didn't send his men out, but instead, led them out. The tenacious king remained front and center in every engagement with every enemy.

The 300 soldiers that were chosen by the King knew they were going on an impossible mission against an uncountable army of evil. But neither the size of their opponent nor their unmerciful reputation discouraged the 300 from the battle they were to face. 

When the enemy charged towards the 300, the King would exclaim to his men in a loud bold confident voice,"No Retreat, No Surrender!"
Wounded and out-numbered, the 300 followed the example of their king and neither retreating nor surrendering would be considered as an option.

Whatever or whoever your enemy may be today, as King Leonidas would say 

"No Retreat, No Surrender!"

Day 1 of the Forum

LiveSTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum on day 1, the Democratic Candidates.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Letter from Lance Armstrong

Dear Angela,

Four years ago cancer was not mentioned during the presidential election campaign. Today, the LIVESTRONG Army has made fighting cancer part of the national dialogue. For the next five days leading media, presidential candidates and citizens across the country will discuss how to stop the number one killer of all Americans under the age of 85.

Next Monday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 28, I will walk onto the stage at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to ask the presidential hopefuls to share their ideas and strategies on how to fight cancer in the first- LiveSTRONG Cancer Forum ever:
This historic event will be discussed on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert, webcast live on and featured on Hardball with Chris Matthews.
As a member of the LIVESTRONG Army, I need your help to make sure Americans across the country are tuned in, asking questions and demanding answers from the presidential candidates.
Watch Meet the Press with Tim Russert. I will be a guest on NBC's Meet The Press: on Sunday, August 26, talking about the LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum.
Check local listings for times and channels:

Watch the LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum. MSNBC will webcast the LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum live at 10:00 am CT on August 27 and 28. MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews will be broadcast live from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, each night.
Click this link on Monday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 28, to load's video player to watch the Forum.>> Check MSNBC's local listings: for times and channels to view Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC on Monday and Tuesday evening.

Download and post: Download the LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum posters and post them in offices, gyms, coffee shops and other places with high traffic.
LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum: puts critical questions about fighting cancer on a national platform. Please join me in making history by raising awareness for the LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum:

Lance Armstrong, LIVESTRONG Army

Thursday, August 23, 2007

South Carolina - still not on board!

Look for our Lance Armstrong Foundation (LiveSTRONG Army) Events coming soon.............
We are going to kick off a letter writing campaign in South Carolina - beginning with the Upstate counties of South Carolina. We will have an event each month in a different county leading up to a big blowout LiveSTRONG event in the Spring just before LiveSTRONG Day in May, when we return to Washington, DC, to once again speak with our Congress members concerning the legislation introduced May 16, 2007, that would make cancer a National Priority.
I will keep you posted -
we need everyone to come out and "ENLIST" in the LiveSTRONG Army. These letters will be your stories of how cancer has affected your life or a friend or family member and they will make an explosive impact when we deliver them to our members of Congress.
The update is 70+ from the House and Senate on board -
NONE WHICH ARE SOUTH CAROLINA! We have to demand them to step up!
Note: To all of my LAF Co-Delegates from the States around the country whose reps have signed on - We (Upstate SC Delegates) met yesterday and decided that a letter writing campaign would benefit our cause greater at this point, here in SC. If you have any suggestions/advice for us (Upstate SC Delegates) - please email me or leave comments or post message on LAF message board.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Get Your Q's In

Got a video question for Republican and Democratic candidates? They just might use it for the upcoming Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum, the first forum that will allow candidates to detail how their administration would work to fight cancer.
Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum will be on August 27 and 28 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and will be live streamed on “Hardball with Chris Matthews" will telecast live from the site. You can submit questions - text or video - on

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


The other day, my son and I went to see the movie Stardust. It was a "Fantasy Movie"about a star, which was a beautiful girl, that fell from the sky. She was being chased by a witch, who needed her heart so she could return to her youth; a conniving prince, who needed the jewel that she wore around her neck in order to become King forever; and a country - shop boy who needed to take the star back to the girl he thought he loved - who promised him that she would marry him if he brought her the star. It was known about these stars that their hearts were more valuable to the witches when they were happy. Also, the happier the star became the more she would glow. Realizing that she would begin to glow brightly when she was close to the country boy, she knew she had fallen in love with him. She told him that until now, she had only experienced love by watching humanity from the sky. She said as she looked down on earth at all the wars and confusion among people that the love she saw in mankind was the only way she could tolerate it.
Which got me to thinking... What would we see if we were able to look down on earth for a day? If we were suspended over the world and looking down on humanity - what would we see? Would our hearts be full and happy or would our hearts break?
Is it getting harder for the stars to tolerate it?

Friday, August 10, 2007

Another Great Poem - Time to Adore

And when I die
I hope my soul ascends
slowly, so that I
may watch the earth receding
out of sight,
its vastness growing smaller as I rise,
savoring its recession with delight.
Anticipating joy is itself a joy.
And joy unspeakable
and full of glory needs more
than "in the twinkling of an eye,"
more than "in a moment."

Lord, who am I to disagree?
It's only we have much to leave behind;
so much...Before.
These moments of transition
will, for me,
be time to adore. - Ruth Bell Graham

Ruth Graham went home to heaven on June 14th, 2007, and I wonder if she did get to look on the life she was leaving and take the time to adore it. She was married to Billy Graham for 64 years and I imagine that her eyes were on him as she stepped into eternity. What a love - what a life. I saw a magazine that said her life was "A Life Well Lived." I can't think of two greater people that the Grahams. I believe when she got to heaven that God showed her all the lives that were changed by their life. The Bible talks about loving your neighbor and these two really did. How many of us can say that we live our lives to make life better for others. Ruth was 87 - she lived out God's promise. Her daughter said "Her happiness and fulfillment did not depend on her circumstances. She was a lovely, beautiful and wise woman because early in life she made Christ her home, her purpose, her center, her confidant, and her vision." Wow, this lady was CLASS. I hope that when I have lived out my promised years and leave this earth that my son will say "My mom did not let her circumstances determine her attitude for life." I want him to say that I was full of joy, hope, and love. I want to live my life with confidence. The Bible tells us not to cast away our confidence and I have decided that I wont!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Forum News

As of this week, Democratic candidates Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator John Edwards and Governor Bill Richardson have confirmed their participation for the Democratic LIVESTRONG Presidential Candidate Forum on August 27. Republican candidates Senator Sam Brownback, Governor Mike Huckabee and Governor Tommy Thompson have confirmed their participation in the Republican LIVESTRONG Presidential Candidate Forum on August 28.

Ask friends and colleagues to sign the LIVESTRONG Army petition to make it clear that our next President must be prepared to answer the cancer question.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

My Favorite Poem

Our Greatest Fear -
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson

That pretty much says it all!!!

Monday, August 6, 2007


This is a quote from my Pastor's blog Sunday.
Sunday Night Reflections–One “Hell” Of A Sunday!?!?!?
We saw over 110 people receive Christ!!! THIS NEVER GETS OLD!!! YEAH GOD!!!

You really need to see this service to believe it! - log on and watch Sunday, August 5
th, it was awesome.
I would say that Perry Noble (Pastor of NewSpring Community Church in Anderson, SC) knows how to LiveSTRONG!
He is right, we cannot livestrong and be in fear of anything, including death, which is the greatest fear for most of us. There really is only one way to have this kind of certainty about death and that is faith in Christ.