$1M Livestrong Donation Largest Since Armstrong Left

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April 13, 2016; Austin American-Statesman

Livestrong, the Austin-based cancer nonprofit founded by Lance Armstrong, has experienced a decline in its fundraising receipts since 2010, when the athlete admitted to doping during competitions and stepped down from the organization. It has suffered through some instability in its leadership, and its future has been periodically in question, but can it turn a corner? Some supporters clearly have faith that it can; this week, the organization announced its acceptance of its largest single donation since 2010.

Jeri and Jeff Mulder, who have long supported the organization, have pledged to pay out a $1 million gift over five years from their Shine Foundation. Jeri herself is a cancer survivor.

“More and more cancer patients are turning to Livestrong for its free services and we want to help Livestrong support anyone in need,” Jeff Mulder said in a news release. “This great nonprofit has a bright future but it depends on donations in order to provide free help for cancer patients and survivors. We hope our gift inspires others to give today and support Livestrong.”

With the donation, the Mulders say, they are “going all in” for Livestrong and hope to inspire others to do the same.—Ruth McCambridge