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Continuing to ‘live strong’

other Updated: Aug 26, 2012 02:42 IST

Lance Armstrong faces the loss of his seven Tour de France titles and a lifetime ban from cycling, but backers of his advocacy work for cancer patients showed undimmed admiration on Friday.

"Thanks to all the amazing @livestrong supporters worldwide," Armstrong said on Twitter, speaking of the Livestrong cancer awareness network his charitable foundation supports. "Donations today were UP 25x over yesterdays. Thank you thank you thank you!"

Lance Armstrong Foundation chief executive Doug Ulman told ESPN that $3,200 came in Thursday to the organization's website, a fairly typical day.

As of 4:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Friday, Ulman said $78,000 of unsolicited donations had been received, with 411 people donating compared to 45 on Thursday.

"Our mission is strong as a result of so many generous people," Ulman said in a Twitter posting.

The US anti-doping agency said it was banning Armstrong for life and stripping him of the record seven Tour de France titles that helped him become a US sports hero and gave him a platform to speak out about cancer.

Support from Nike

US sporting goods giant Nike was one of several sponsors sticking by Lance Armstrong after the US Anti-Doping Agency stripped the cycling legend of his record seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong, a cancer survivor revered by millions for his efforts in raising cancer awareness and supporting those stricken by the disease, has steadfastly denied doping accusations but said Thursday night that he would not pursue an arbitration process against USADA’s allegations.

"We are saddened that Lance Armstrong may no longer be able to participate in certain competitions and his titles appear to be impacted," Nike said in a statement yesterday.”