COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA) -- Some wonder how Lance Armstrong's cancer foundation will be effected after the cyclist announced he will no longer fight doping accusations?
The United States Anti-Doping Agency has banned the athlete for life from professional cycling and wants to strip his seven Tour de France titles.
9NewsNow talked with cyclists at a Livestrong event on Saturday sponsored by 24 hour Booty.
The cycling event is being held in Columbia, Maryland where they'll be biking for a day. Half of the proceeds go to Livestrong, Armstrong's non-profit foundation that raises money for cancer research.
Cyclists there say his legacy will live on stronger than ever.
Jim Gleason is pedaling for a personal best and has raised 22 thousand dollars for cancer research for '24 Hour Booty.'
Gleason says the foundation is solid and won't stop him from raising more money.
"It's going to live through forever. That's Lance's doing. The yellow bands everyone has, yeah."
Stephen Michael Powell is a thyroid cancer survivor.
"He always tested clean to my knowledge. He's my hero and he's why I'm out here."
Powell says his focus is on saving lives.
Lance Armstrong beat testicular cancer and started his Livestrong foundation 15 years ago, raising half a billion dollars.
Armstrong is use to uphill battles. He beat cancer but has given up the fight on doping allegations
Powell says, "I don't blame him not fighting it."
Gleason says, "I think he did the right thing and walk away."
The executive director of '24 Hour Booty' realizes the people who believed the champion cyclist cheated may feel even stronger about it this week.
"People out there are always looking to take heroes down but we're ready to fight and raise funds"
Lyberg says donations even got a boost after Armstrong's announcement. He says that sends a message that people are more focused on saving lives than figuring out if Lance Armstrong cheated.
24 Hour Booty of Columbia has raised 250 thousand dollars. Nationwide the organization has raised 8 and a half million dollars.