Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fr. James's Sunday Homily

Never Give Up

The Tour de France, the world famous bicycle race, is well known for its grueling intensity. Lance Armstrong, born in Plano, Texas and raised in Dallas, has won the race five times since his first victory in 1999. Armstrong is not only an outstanding athlete; he is a cancer survivor.

While seemingly at the top of his professional career in 1996, Armstrong’s doctor gave him the stunning news that not only did he have cancer, but that the disease had spread to his lungs and brain. Although he was given a 50% chance of survival, Armstrong began an aggressive chemotherapy treatment that worked. Amazingly, Lance Armstrong was able to return to the passion that he loved: racing. However, getting back into racing was not easy.

Having left behind the ordeal of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Armstrong found himself without a cycling team and without sponsors willing to trust his physical ability to compete again. However, the United States Postal Service took a big leap of faith and decided to sponsor him. ( Continued here.)

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