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

Peggy Truong / October 20, 2012

Lance Leaves Livestrong
The embattled cyclist abdicates his chairman position.
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.

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