Lance Armstrong is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. He won the Tour de France, professional cycling's most prestigious race, a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong began this amazing streak several years after brain and testicular surgery, and extensive chemotherapy in 1996. His athletic success and his dramatic recovery from cancer inspired Armstrong to commemorate his accomplishments in conjunction with Nike through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The charity's "Livestrong" yellow wristbands have helped raise tens of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.