Sean Penn, Robin Williams Lend Support to Lance Armstrong and His Embattled Charity

"It's been a difficult couple of weeks."
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Days after stepping down as chairman of his cancer charity Livestrong, cycling champ Lance Armstrong is feeling the love from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

On Friday night, Armstrong celebrated the charity’s 15th anniversary with Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller and singer Norah Jones.

The Associated Press reports that inside the Austin Convention Center, the crowd of 1,700 gave the former Livestrong head a standing ovation.

“I am . . . truly humbled by your support. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for me and my family, my friends and this foundation,” he told the crowd.

The Livestrong event was Armstrong’s first public appearance since the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released a report with evidence of his heavy involvement in a doping ring.

What else did the seven-time Tour de France winner have to say?

With Hollywood watching on, Armstrong told the crowd to continue his charity’s mission -- fighting cancer and helping patients and survivors.

“There’s 28 million people around the world living with this disease,” he said.

Armstrong, who announced in August that he had dropped his battle against the USADA’s doping charges, is expected to make headlines again after the weekend.

The AP reports that the International Cycling Union is set to announce on Monday whether it will appeal the doping charges.

What do you think of the latest developments in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal? Share your thoughts below.

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  • Meg
    Meg

    @ Donna, wanting your children to Dream big and go after their dreams is great. But, wanting your children to emulate a person who did it in truly deplorable ways....really? He not only cheated he bullied, harrassed and sued everyone in his wake. INCLUDING all his friends and colleagues.

  • Meg
    Meg

    @ Donna, wanting your children to Dream big and go after their dreams is great. But, wanting your children to emulate a person who did it in truly deplorable ways....really? He not only cheated he bullied, harrassed and sued everyone in his wake. INCLUDING all his friends and colleagues.

  • Donna
    Donna

    He will continue as he said to be the most physcaly fit 40 something in he world. We have all made mistakes no matter what they were. I support Lance and Livestrong. I just bought a new pair of nike livestrong shoes. Going running to night. Then I will have a Miller not an Ultra. I want my kids to read his books and I want them to understand what happened and I want them to be as strong as he is.

  • Jake
    Jake

    yes, a nation has a nerve to call a cheater a cheater. LOL. His foundation work is something to admire, but his cycling career was a scam.

  • Nancy
    Nancy

    Don't deny you did something when you obviously did. I have no respect for this man anymore. He lied to everyone including himself. Wonder what your children will think of this debacle when they are old enough to understand. Nice Lance.

  • Bruce
    Bruce

    His riding days are over, get over it peoples. There are more important problems than worrying about how he won. His charity work is commendable, lets respect that.

  • user
    user

    It figures Penn would support the worst kind of people.

  • user
    user

    He always came across as a cheater in every way.

  • richard baker
    richard baker

    lance still rode the hardest cycling race for 7 years and gave us all some of the greatest moments in cycling and then his own country have the nerve to say he cheated let any one of them try riding a bike for 3 weeks .no one can take away what lance armstrong achieved he is the best and all i can say is i beleive lance not anyone else he did the rides and i am proud to sign my name richard baker