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Cancer Survivor Rides for His Life in Jimmy V....

Posted August 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A benefit for cancer rolled through Raleigh today. Bike riders from all over peddled in the first annual Jimmy V. Cycling Classic-- bike riders like Lance Armstrong.

Lance fought his own battle against cancer this year. He's not just here to ride. He's here to prove cancer survivors are still in the race of life.

"I never really think of myself as an inspiration," admits Armstrong. "But I think there are people who care and are concerned about my health. That kind of following and that kind of support is what heals a person, I think."

Healing people is what all of the Jimmy V. events are about. Lance rode in Raleigh's Tour du Pont last year. Not long after that race, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He battled back. Armstrong says it's an honor to ride in the cycling classic.

"To ride for the fight against cancer is obviously a personal one for me," says Armstrong. "It is a perfect fit that we all ride bikes, and we are all working for Jimmy V., his foundation and the fight against cancer."

It's a fight Lance will face for years to come. But for now he will do what he loves most-- ride.