When Scandal Explodes at Work



For years, I wore the ubiquitous yellow band stamped with the Livestrong logo. It marked me as part of a group who supported a cancer charity that worked hard to help cancer patients put their lives back together after a diagnosis and move towards a cure. Many of us have relatives who have gotten a cancer diagnosis. Some have made it. Some have not. We all wore the bracelet anyways as a symbol of hope, that humanity can and will conquer cancer.

I was excited to be hired on to write health and nutrition articles for the Livestrong.com website. I put a lot of time and energy into crafting those articles, knowing that people would be looking to them for answers. I now know what it must feel like to have worked at places like Enron or Union Carbide where scandal and tragedy caused by a few people affects the careers of many. It feels like my writing and my working for Livestrong is going to be judged because of Lance Armstrong’s doping behavior and his lying about it. And maybe it will … short-term.

It would be so easy to take Livestrong off my resume. However, Livestrong is a respected cancer charity. It is not going to collapse because of Armstrong’s admission. The work is does is important, and in light of that, the writing I contributed has merit and deserves to be recognized. Therefore, I will continue to keep Livestrong on my resume. I will also happily contribute to the website again if I am lucky enough to have the opportunity. We are pushing for a cure, and we cannot let one scandal stop us now.