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Never Give Up, Lance’s Mom Says

Inspiration From Viewpoint as Mother of World's Most Famous Cancer Survivor

June 23, 2011 | Cynthia Floyd Manley

In 1971 — coincidentally the year that President Nixon declared the War on Cancer — a 16-year-old gave birth in Plano, Texas, to a baby boy that she named Lance.

He would grow up to become a champion cyclist and arguably the most famous cancer survivor on the planet.

Dressed in the trademark yellow of her son’s Livestrong movement, Linda Armstrong Kelly was the keynote speaker for Cancer GPS: Navigating Your Journey, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s annual conference and celebration for survivors and caregivers.

Kelly spoke to reporters prior to her remarks. Here are some brief video clips from those interviews: