The United States has seen a deluge of much-needed attention to the issue of bullying in the last decade. Horrific examples of young people harassing and abusing their peers — sometimes to the point that the victims commit suicide — have forced parents and educators to begin thinking about the issue and to initiate or expand bully prevention efforts. What is often missed in these discussions, however, is the problem of adults who bully young people.
Around 25 years ago, I was racing bicycles in Southern California. It was mostly local club races and I enjoyed training rides with teammates. We began hearing stories of a talented junior (under 18) in Texas. He had gifts, but tended to be so relentlessly competitive that he wanted to lead a race from start to finish, which often is not the best strategy. That young Texan turned out to be Lance Armstrong.
A fundraiser to raise awareness of testicular cancer in young men and a charity benefit concert for Justin Muriett, a 19-year-old boy from Gilbert who was diagnosed with advanced stage testicular cancer, will take place at the Ahwatukee Foothills Loco Patron, 1327 E. Chandler Blvd., from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2.
The Phoenix Children's Hospital's Center for Cancer and Blood
Disorders was announced as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact award
recipient. The project, created by LIVESTRONG, the organization
founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to
serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action,
will bring proven cancer support programs to 55 communities across
the United States. The Center will use the $10,000 award to develop
the SuperSibs! program for families dealing with a cancer