“You just wanted to believe him,” Burnstein said. “He overcame the odds. He's a cancer survivor. He was the heart and soul of the (Livestrong) organization. He was what the yellow wrist band was all about.”
Burnstein still feels mixed emotions. Calls it Jekyll and Hyde. Burnstein's disappointment over Armstrong conflicts with all the good he knows Livestrong has done and still could do.
“I'm torn,” Burnstein said. “It's one of those time things. I think I'm willing to forgive and forget. Just going to take a lot of time for me.
“The way he stepped on people. Defiantly denied it. Rubs me the wrong way.”
Burnstein was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2005 and underwent surgery on his nose. He became involved with Livestrong and now receives regular invitations to Austin for Livestrong events and workshops.
That's why Burnstein says he might some day again wear the yellow wristband.
“I think I can do it,” he said. “I just gotta get over it. It's not about him. It's about the 28 million people around the world living with cancer. For all the bad he's done and disappointment he's caused, he's raised a heck of an organization to help a lot of people.”