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Nike, Livestrong Foundation part ways

May 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM   |   Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 (UPI) -- The Livestrong Foundation, the cancer charity founded by Lance Armstrong, Tuesday announced its relationship with footwear and apparel maker Nike has ended.

The nine-year relationship between Nike and Livestrong helped raise more than $100 million and turned the foundation's yellow wristband into an iconic symbol for cancer survivors, The Los Angeles Times reported.

A statement by officials of Livestrong, headquartered in Austin, Texas, expressed gratitude to Nike, saying, "Together we created new, revolutionary ways of thinking about how non-profits fuel their mission, and we're proud of that."

Nike had already separated itself from Armstrong after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed his part in a cycling team doping program, the newspaper said.

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