Livestrong Donations Up Since Scandal Broke

Just 8 donors have asked for refunds from charity

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 13, 2012 8:29 AM CST

(Newser) – Lance Armstrong severed all ties to the cancer-fighting charity he founded in an effort to ensure donors didn't run for the hills—but Livestrong says just eight donors have asked for their money back since Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles were stripped by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Donations are actually up 7% since Aug. 23, when the agency announced Armstrong would lose his titles, according to Livestrong. And USA Today reports they're up 15% since mid-October, when massive evidence of Armstrong's doping was released.

This Aug. 22, 2010 file photo shows Lance Armstrong, center, greeting fellow riders prior to the start of his Livestrong Challenge 10K ride for cancer in Blue Bell, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)
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