Tyler students raising money, boosting positivity for Livestrong

Tyler students raising money, boosting positivity for Livestrong

TYLER (KYTX) - When Lance Armstrong admitted to doping earlier this year, it made a big impact on some Robert E. Lee students.

The school's Livestrong Club put together a community run to remind the public what Livestrong really stands for.

It's been hard times for the Livestrong foundation since Armstrong admitted to doping, but local students are taking the initiative to stand strong for the organization.

"Obviously I was disappointed but I just had to think about it. Livestrong, yes it was founded by Lance Armstrong, but the cause is still there. It's for all those people that have cancer and we're going to try to raise money to help their treatment and help cancer research. Hopefully we can find a cure for it one day," said Robert E. Lee High School Livestrong Club President, Phillip White.

"We wanted to give it a positive name, because it still stands for such a great cause," he said.

Quickly after Armstrong's admission, White and the rest of the 50 students in the Livestrong Club began planning Saturday's run.

"I have two clients here running," said XTC Fitness personal trainer Daniel Treat. His gym supported the Livestrong Club in Saturday's run. His clients came to run the race and support the students.

"It's cool that we can be there to help motivate them," Treat said.

White says the community support is overwhelming.

"It's the greatest feeling in the world, just the fact that the community cares what's going on. Especially with Robert E. Lee. I like linking the high school and the community together," White said.

Treat says, "It's really impressive and it's a big inspiration."

He's proud of his, community coming together to make change.

"I do know a lot of people who have had cancer before and they applaud any effort to raise cancer awareness," White said. "So I really do hope they are impacted by this and see that there are people out there that care for them and the struggles they had to go through."

The club raised about $2,000 Saturday. About $1,000 of that came from XTC and other private donors in the community.


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