Australian ABC radio reported on September 24, 2008, that Armstrong would compete in the UCI Tour Down Under through Adelaide and surrounding areas in January 2009. UCI rules say a cyclist has to be in an anti-doping program for six months before an event, but UCI allowed Armstrong to compete.  He had to retire from the 2009 Vuelta a Castilla y León during the first stage after crashing in a rider pileup in Baltanás , Spain, and breaking his collarbone .  Armstrong flew back to Austin, Texas , for corrective surgery, which was successful, and was back training on a bicycle within four days of his operation.
The Declaration of Independence, the most famous document produced by the Continental Congress during the War for Independence, proclaims: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” As well, this text references “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” and closes by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” and noting the signers’ “reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” The Founders’ use of Christian rhetoric and arguments becomes even more evident if one looks at other statements of colonial rights and concerns such as the Suffolk Resolves, the Declaration of Rights, and the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms—to say nothing of the dozen explicitly Christian calls for prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving issued by the Continental and Confederation Congresses. 
Over the past year, I have made a turnaround in my life. Uncertainty concerning my future after college contributed to a steady academic decline freshman through sophomore years at UCLA. But after a trip to Colombia to learn about my heritage and speak with relatives in medicine, it all turned around. It became clear to me that microbiology research was my calling. Since then, I have maintained high scores and committed to a research lab. I am set on majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and minoring in Spanish. My career goal is to attain a . in Microbiology or Virology. A challenge to these goals is paying for education. My parents and I have buried ourselves in bank and school loans that will keep us burdened well into the future. The Courage to Grow Scholarship would relieve some of this weight. I have committed to my community through several projects. I was involved in the club Invisible Children, which sought to raise awareness and fundraise to provide schools for children in war-torn Northern Uganda. I felt the need to give the children of Northern Uganda a stronger voice in America. I left this project to focus on improving my grades during sophomore year. Now that my life has stabilized, I will be joining a new project focused on tutoring children of inner Los Angeles schools. I believe that I should be awarded due to my academic improvement, clarity in academic goals, and commitment to my community.