Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner and founder of
the Lance Armstrong Foundation, will speak at 8 p.m. on Saturday,
April 28, in Alumni Arena as part of the University at Buffalo's
Distinguished Speakers Series.
In 1996 Armstrong was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer,
which had spread to his lungs and brain. Within months of his
cancer diagnosis, he formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help
others struggling with cancer. He survived the disease and went on
to win the Tour de France a record-breaking seven times.
Armstrong is also active with the LIVESTRONG campaign, which has
become a global movement about hope, empowerment and taking control
of your life and your health.
Armstrong's lecture is expected to start at approximately 8:10
p.m. His presentation will focus on lessons of courage learned
during his battle with cancer and as a cyclist, along with the
importance of teamwork and what it takes to turn dreams into
During the lecture, audio and/or video photography, as well as
still photography, will be limited to the first five minutes of
Working media may reserve tickets for Armstrong's lecture by
contacting Christine Vidal in the UB Office of Communications at
645-4607 or email@example.com no later than
5 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Reserved tickets may be picked up at
the will-call window in Alumni Arena prior to the program. Media
may need to show press credentials in order to be admitted to the
Media also are invited to attend the "Duel in the Pool"
competition between Lance Armstrong and triathlete coach Mary
Eggers, who will battle it out in a 50-meter kickboard sprint at
3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Alumni Arena Natatorium. The competition
is being held to raise funds for Teens Living with Cancer in
Buffalo and Rochester. Media who wish to attend the Duel in the
Pool are asked to contact Charles Anzalone, Office of University
Communications, by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at 645-4600 to
confirm their attendance. Armstrong will not be available for
interviews before or after the competition. Results of Duel in the
Pool are embargoed until 8 p.m. Saturday; Downloadable video of the
race, as well as an interview with Eggers and details about how the
Duel in the Pool came to be, will be available to media at
Armstrong's Distinguished Speakers Series lecture.
Onsite press arrangements for both the Duel in the Pool at 3:30
p.m. and the Armstrong lecture at 8 p.m.: Charles Anzalone, Office
of University Communications, at 716-440-8824.