Brothers Keeping Faith In Livestrong Foundation

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Lance Armstrong's confession has thrown a lot of things into question.

So what about his work as a cancer survivor?

Brothers Jeff and Steve Wood co-founded the SpokerRide a decade ago.

It's a bike race in Sackets Harbor and it raises money for the Livestrong Foundation and American Cancer Society.

The brothers are avid cyclists and survivors of testicular cancer, just like Armstrong.

"He's a bike rider, but he's also an advocate for cancer survivorship, and along with the Livestrong Foundation - survivorship is the number one important," said Jeff.

The SpokerRide has generated an extensive amount of money and about 200 participants in its 11 years.

The Wood brothers say it has been a huge success and they will continue to raise money for Livestrong, despite the controversy surrounding Armstrong's confession.

While the Wood brothers acknowledge that Armstrong's confession may have cast a shadow over his reputation, they say they'll continue cycling and will put the cause above the controversy.

"We wanted to do something to give back to our local community - Livestrong and Lance Armstrong is a global initiative but ours is basically a North Country thing," said Steve.

"Let's keep in mind what we're really here to do, and the SpokerRide was originally set up to help raise cancer awareness," said Jeff.

The Wood brothers say that although Armstrong's confession is disappointing, it won't affect their efforts to raise awareness and money to fight cancer - a cause they live by.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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