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Oct. 7, 2004

The LiveStrong band: fundraiser or fad?

by Karima Tawfik, Page Editor
AP World History teacher James Mogge wears the bright yellow band around his wrist both to support his brother and as inspiration to stay off cigarettes; senior Kate Johnston wears it because she saw it in People Magazine and decided to purchase one a few days later; and junior Anna Chiplis decided not to buy the bracelet, even though her father recently passed away due to cancer.

Engraved with the words “LiveStrong," these yellow rubber bracelets can be spotted on students and teachers alike on Blair Boulevard as part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s campaign to raise money for cancer research and education. They have passed the $12 million mark in sales all over the world. But with celebrities like Matt Damon, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Olson and even both President George W. Bush and Presidential candidate John Kerry sporting the LiveStrong bracelet, these yellow bands have become more than just a fundraiser—they are embedded into this fall’s fashion.

With their popularity growing, some Blazers fear that the meaning of LiveStrong could turn from inspiration into a mere fad among consumers.

Behind the band

Lance Armstrong was 25 years old and emerging as one of the world’s best cyclists when he joined the 10 million Americans living with cancer today. His testicular cancer, left untreated, spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. When finally treated, Armstrong overcame his cancer and started his own cancer foundation. The corporation, in alliance with Nike, began a project to sell five million bands printed with “LiveStrong" for $1, to fund cancer research and awareness to help prevent the 548,000 American deaths per year due to the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Besides being the color of Armstrong’s Tour de France jersey, the yellow band is meant to evoke “hope, courage, inspiration and perseverance," says Stefanie Samarripa, a Media and Public Relations intern at the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

A lost meaning

The publicity that has come with the LiveStrong bands has irritated Chiplis, whose dad was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood, five years ago. After dealing with her father’s failed bone marrow transplant in March, she turned to other sources of hope, among them the Buddhist religion, where “nobody ever really dies." Instead of commemorating her father through a LiveStrong band, Chiplis wears her heart-shaped locket that features her father’s photo.

“Wear yellow, LiveStrong"

For Mogge, the original message of the LiveStrong bracelet is integrated into aspects of his everyday life. When Mogge’s brother was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his kidney this summer, Mogge’s sister-in-law bought some bracelets from the hospital. Now, both Mogge and his brother wear the bands in hopes that “whatever obstacles we may face, we may overcome them," Mogge says.

A few years ago, Mogge faced cancer himself; after removing a melanoma on his face contracted from overexposure to the sun, he now wears the band as a reminder of health’s fragility. Now, when given the chance to pick up a cigarette, instead of reaching out to take one, he tugs on his bracelet. “It keeps me from going back to smoking," he says, pursing his lips and pulling the yellow band.

Yet the majority of people who slip on their bracelets in the morning are not impacted personally by cancer. Cross-country coach Carl Lewin bought 60 bands for every member of his sports team. While he is aware that proceeds go to support cancer patients, he has also extended the meaning of the band to inspire his runners to “run better and to push themselves every day," he says. “It’s more the mental aspect."

“Where can I get one?"

The symbolism of the bands may have been lost in the craze to find and buy what might now be a new accessory. Senior Anleny Beriguete sits in the courtyard wearing her band as she eats her lunch. Beriguete cashed in her $1 for a bracelet after seeing that “everyone else was wearing one," including her boss at work. Her boss told her the meaning behind the LiveStrong band only after Beriguete asked where to buy one.

Johnston thinks that the LiveStrong band may add to one’s image and reputation, especially those of celebrities. She admits the band’s appeal may be fashion; its appearance in People magazine prompted her to buy one.

Some of Chiplis’ friends have offered to buy the bands from one another for more than just $1, allowing the seller to pocket the profits. It is these people who Chiplis feels are insensitive to the bracelet’s underlying meaning and are numb to how cancer impacts on a personal level, as it has for Chiplis and her loved ones, who spent the past year driving to and from Baltimore to visit her dad at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH).

Chiplis explains that she supports cancer research through other means, like joining in swim-a-thons and run-a-thons organized by JHH.

With demands for the bracelets high, most stores have run out of bands. Yet Mogge notes that while people seem concerned over where to buy the bracelets, they are not so concerned about the intent of the band. Says Mogge, “They just ask, ‘Where can I get one?'"



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  • 06Lisa on October 11, 2004
    Wow, I seriously thought I was one of the few people that donn't like the bracelets. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I also knew that Anna's dad was fighting cancer but I had no idea that he finally passed away, it's so sad.
  • jessica (View Email) on October 14, 2004
    where can i get my bracelets online and i heard of making your own bracelets if true how can i get them. i also wanted to noe if u could get a battle field bracelet because my frien its herb-day in five days and i tought i could get her a battlefield bracelet please tell me...
  • Karima on October 17, 2004
    You can get the bracelets by going to the Lance Armstrong Foundation website. There, you can order a box of ten of them.
  • alkaosdha (View Email) on October 25, 2004
    i like the fact that you al made this artice because i love livestrongsthey are so awesome!!1
  • Kayla (View Email) on November 3, 2004
    I think its good for the bracelets to be a fad because it encourages more people to buy them. I mean all kinds of people at school are wearing them I think its really awesome!
  • tegdirB (View Email) on November 8, 2004
    I think that the livestrong bracelets are awsome! People are wearing them all over my school. It really shows how much people want to raise money to help.
  • Joe on November 11, 2004
    i think it is stupid how some people are just wearing them for a fasion, i think that people should only wear them if they actually want to try to help to find a cure for cancer
  • Rebecca Cook (View Email) on November 11, 2004
    I soooooooooo want a livestrong bracelet. tHERE SOOOO IN!
  • Lauren Green (View Email) on November 12, 2004
    Well, my opinion about this whole Livestrong bracelet thing is that ppl r being so insensitive about them.They want 1 even though they don't kno wat they mean. Just b/cuz they r a fasion statement now every1 wants them. ppl should express individuality and not do everything every1 else is doing.I wear 1 of those Livestrong bracelets b/cuz of wat they stand 4.Cancer. ppl need 2 kno that that is important.
  • Katie (View Email) on November 17, 2004
    is there still a chance to buy a bracelet?
    please and thank you
    -katie
  • norg (View Email) on November 23, 2004
    you can get them on ebay for a penny plus shipping which is 3.99
  • No1 Lance fan on November 28, 2004
    I kind of agree to both sides. I wear the wristband because my mum had cancer and got over it. Not only that but I am a cyclist so already a big fan of lance and his work with his charity is inspirational.Ive read all his books and have to say it did annoy me to see your classic bimbo going around with the bands on not even knowing who the man is and what his charity does. But maybe if its raising money it doesnt matta?. It does seems a bit out of order people wearing them as a fashion statement but they are making them cool so its not embarrassing for all us proper supporters to wear them and afterall are still raising money which is the most important thing
  • Somebody (View Email) on December 2, 2004
    at our school, the people who really did actully support the Livestrong fund wore them and one of the them happend to be the schools most popular boy, now everyone wears them becasue he does, only a few people actully know what the big deal about them is.
  • STEPHANIE (View Email) on December 9, 2004
    i AM VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE LANCE ARMSRTORNG LIVESTRONG BAN. i WEAR MINE EVERY DAY AND IT IS A HUGE INSPIRATION FOR ME. i HAVE LOST 2 OF MY GRANDPARENTS TO CANCER AND i HOPE ONE DY THERE WILL BE A CURE.
  • Sammy (View Email) on December 18, 2004 at 6:41 PM
    Livestrong bracelets are a big fashion fad at my school.
  • Christina (View Email) on December 20, 2004 at 7:06 PM
    What does the white Livestrong band means?
  • hot boy on January 1, 2005 at 2:58 PM
    i am the 'coolest boy' at my school and once i started wearing mine then everyone started to where them and almost no one knows what they mean
  • Renne Chennel (View Email) on January 2, 2005 at 7:04 PM
    I think the meaning is still there. People just have so many concerns and sympathies.That is why some wear so many
  • Rosie (View Email) on January 3, 2005 at 7:02 PM
    I think that people are getting too caried away. At my school, people started trading them and some people have 10! And they just buy them to show off but not all of them go to cancer. I can see having 1 but 10?
  • lauren (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 6:11 PM
    i would like to know what the different color livestrong bands mean like red, purple, pink, blue, yellow, and tiedied
  • xnxnxnmxmz (View Email) on January 7, 2005 at 4:48 PM
    i would like one of the livestrong bands. PLEASE!
  • guy on January 9, 2005 at 7:04 PM
    I like livestrong because it helps people. yeah sure people are exployting showing off and posing but who cares people still get saved and the money goes to a great place
  • Office in ireland (View Email) on January 10, 2005 at 9:11 AM
    We got a pack of 10 today in the office and all who took one make a further donation the is going to go to the TSUNAMI fund
  • RAven on January 10, 2005 at 5:26 PM
    i lov eall these bands and there a fad at my school!
  • Sam Meredew on January 12, 2005 at 4:28 AM
    Well my grandad recently had cancer and recovered..I'm 16, living in England and wear a yellow livestrong band because of that. The meaning certainly hasn't all been lost.
  • Devs (View Email) on January 12, 2005 at 5:15 AM
    I think that you all need to have your head examined. I mean, so what if they have become a fashion accessory the main thing is that they are generating money that is going to a good cause. If celebrities hadnt started wearing them then the +$12m that has been raised so far probably wouldnt even be half of that. Its about time you started acting your ages and see that any money for research and aid for cancer is always a good thing no matter how its generated!
  • ryan boylan (View Email) on January 12, 2005 at 1:28 PM
    how do you get 1
  • lauren (View Email) on January 17, 2005 at 1:16 AM
    How can you make or design your own bracelet?
  • chelsea (View Email) on January 18, 2005 at 6:06 PM
    I love Livestrong!
  • angel ocasio (View Email) on January 19, 2005 at 10:21 AM
    I want to buy but or less 100 or 300 any color bracelets, alive in Dominican republica the i bye for by Internet if they can send me a mail with I telephone where she can call to him.
  • CHRIS (View Email) on January 19, 2005 at 10:22 PM
    how do you make one tell me
  • kerri (View Email) on January 21, 2005 at 9:17 AM
    i think the livestong bands are a great idea. people are using them more as a fashion statement at the moment but we need to look at the fact that they are still wearing them if you know what i mean? people know what the yellow ones are all about but some people like myself have different colours and the awareness needs to be raised about what they stand for too. it doesnt mater that people are wearin 1 band or wearing 10 bands its what they stand for that counts.
  • Matt (View Email) on January 22, 2005 at 3:06 PM
    My name is Matt, I was diagnosed with cancer on December 11,2004. I am writing this in the hospital I am now staying in. I do not care wheter it turns into a fad or not because all of this money is donated to cancer causes and helps people like me!
  • Lindsay (View Email) on January 23, 2005 at 2:44 AM
    My mom just recently passed away after a very tough battle with cancer. I wear my LiveStrong Band for her, as well as for all those whose lives have been touched by cancer in some way. I gave her a LiveStrong Band in December and explained what it was for and how the Charity worked and who Lance Armstrong was so that she knew why she was wearing it. She still has it, I never took it off her wrist and she will where it forever. I always make sure to explain clearly to people what the band symbolizes when they ask about it. Not only do I want to raise money for Cancer Research, I want to raise awareness. Rather than having people spend money on flowers for my family, in my mom's obituary, we requested that donations be sent to one of two reputable organizations (one is for cancer research and the other is to help people living with cancer cope). I wish those currently battling with cancer the very best. Find strength within yourselves and your family & friends. My mom will be keeping an eye on you.
  • Tatiana (View Email) on January 23, 2005 at 11:07 AM
    Hi. I had a question. I want to know the meaning of each color of the livestrong bracelet. I know pink is for breast cancer, but I still don't know the rest. Thank You
  • Andy (View Email) on January 26, 2005 at 9:08 PM
    Wear and how can I make my own bracelet?
  • dosent matter (View Email) on February 1, 2005 at 9:06 AM
    Yes the meaning of livestrong bands have gone, but many people didnt have understanding of the problem due to cancer any way.
    So isnt it better to have more money for reasearch of the dredful problem? Its better that its turned into a fashion icon as millions of pounds has come from it for helpping the research. So is it really that dredful its a fashion icon?
  • judith (View Email) on February 4, 2005 at 6:50 PM
    please i need the meaning of the colors of the livestrong braclet thankyou judith rivera puerto rico
  • kath (View Email) on February 9, 2005 at 7:41 PM
    i think its a fad
  • Asher (View Email) on February 10, 2005 at 4:07 PM
    i think the bands are a cool and trendy idea because some people wear them because they are i fashion but they are also helping whatever the and represents
  • PIA (View Email) on February 12, 2005 at 5:44 PM
    I want to know the meaning of the colors (red,blue,black,white,purple) please especially the red one thank you.
  • denise mora (View Email) on February 18, 2005 at 10:21 PM
    hi i`m from mexico...and here everyone is wearing them... i'd like to know the real meaning of all the colors....red pink blue.... i hope you get this messege
  • emma williams (View Email) on February 20, 2005 at 3:34 AM
    hello my names is emma and i relly want a pink livestong bands or if not pink 1 yellow

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Monica on February 25, 2005 at 11:35 PM
    Hi, i would like all the meanings of the color of livestrong campain: pink, blue, black, red, light blue,...
  • dom (View Email) on February 26, 2005 at 9:39 AM
    hi if any one knows what a pale or baby blue and a single black one means please E-mail me at addy.
  • Bre (View Email) on March 1, 2005 at 5:15 PM
    Hey, here are what some of the colors stand for:
    More yellow support the troops (also in Camo)
    Blue: anti-bullying, anti bush, tusunami relief, prostate cancer,
    Pink: breask cancer
    Red: Heart-disease, pro bush, anti tobacco(also in orange), hiv
    Purple: CF (Cystic Fibrosis, lupus ( also orange), domestic violence
    White right to life, peace
    orange: Asperger's, self- harm
    Grey: Diabetes, brain cancer
    Black and white: Racism
    Green leukaemia, organ donor
    Gold: Childhood cancer
    Black Mourning, melanoma
    Hope this helps!
    Bre
  • Kristen on March 1, 2005 at 5:40 PM
    i love the bracelets! they r for such a good cause! some ppl get them just b/c they think they r an accessory, but thats not what they r about! they r to help prevent the deaths due to testicular cancer!!
  • gt on March 6, 2005 at 12:49 PM
    Livestrong bands and other bands are for charity and people should wear them to show they support the charity not for fashion. I have an anti racism band because i play football aand i do not agree with the racism in it i have a normall yellow band because i personly think i would be horrible to have testicle cancer and i respect people that do suffer from it as they obvistly have a hard time and i have a black one to show i respect people with melanoma (skin cancer).
  • amy (View Email) on March 7, 2005 at 11:47 AM
    there grat braclets and they hopefully will help cure what there for ive got lots of them because i think you should buy them to help and i no ppl hu have been afcted bi sum of the things 2 ppl r ma family READ THIS AND BUY THEM!!!!!
  • Tasha on March 8, 2005 at 4:12 PM
    i think the bands are a great idea and i wear a pink (breastcancer) 1 and a dark blue (anti-bullying)1 at the mo and I have just found out that there is an orange 1 that supports 'life without Lupus', and as a sufferer of lupus I think it is fantastic and i'm hoping that my friends and family will take to this and it would feel like they would be supporting me even further than they have been, and also supporting other sufferers. I hope that the band will make people more aware of Lupus and the effects of it. Tasha, 16
  • bodrul (View Email) on March 8, 2005 at 5:49 PM
    I have a white one and bought it for the fact that it represents courage, which it says on it and it looks good. I want to wear it but don't want to disrespect the meaning of the bands such as the yellow one representing cancer.
  • beck (View Email) on March 9, 2005 at 3:15 PM
    I was have just recived a green live strong band , and i was wondering what charity irt was supporting. If any1 knows plz e-mail me and i will be very greatful thanx beck
  • Hannah` (View Email) on March 10, 2005 at 3:36 PM
    I cant believe how much the meaning of the livestrong bands (and its other companions, i.e beat bullying, livewrong, breast & testicular cancer etc.) has been lost, at my school there are boys wearing different coloured bands up to their elbows because they think it looks cool, i did want a band but now i see no point, my attempt to support cancer research is by wearing a Marie Curie Cancer Care daffodil on my school blazer, i feel it is original and has meaning, i feel proud to wear one because i care, not because i want to be part of a false crowd
    Best Regards, Hannah x x
  • Pam on March 13, 2005 at 1:26 PM
    I like yellow.
  • _ on March 15, 2005 at 5:25 PM
    very good fundraiser and fad... Ither one works!
  • george (View Email) on March 16, 2005 at 5:21 AM
    i bought a livestrong when they first came out, because it meant something to me. now everyone is wearing them and the symbolism and meaning have gone completely! wear them for a reason.... not to look good! and if you get one to follow the crowd, get it from the lance armstrong fund... ebay is a rip off!
  • Abigail Suter (View Email) on March 19, 2005 at 1:36 PM
    I am twelve years old and I own 3 bands and I think they're great!I wear them every day! They are very trendy, but more impotant, they are supportive to charities! I felt left out before I got them because everyone was wearing them at school!
  • gill (View Email) on March 20, 2005 at 5:01 AM
    i have two bands and i wear them every single day i think they are great! but a dont see the point of the schools trying to band them because they are supportin different cancers !!
  • Siobhan (View Email) on March 22, 2005 at 1:00 PM
    I'm siobhan aged 11 from scotland, I have 4 bands, I have a beat bullying one,a pink courage one,a Hibernian FC one and a pink best friend one
  • Nuala on March 24, 2005 at 2:32 PM
    The concept of selling wristbands for charities sounds fantastic. And when they become a massive fad, it just seems too good to be true- that is, until you realise that people are buying them simply for their value as a fashion accessory. It seems ridiculous that some are being given away for free- how, exactly does that support a cancer charity?! I think the idea is that you give money to charity to help, instead of buying the bands of Ebay for £15 with not a penny going to the intended cause? Worse still is people selling fake versions. If someone sold fake charity badges, for example most people would be outraged. People seem to think that because its bands its different- but how, exactly? Also the anti racism versions are manufactured by Nike, a big violator of human rights- how hypocritical is that? Although a few people buy them for the cause, many do not with some even cutting off the black band and leaving only the white. Well, what can we say? Pathetic.
  • Vicki (View Email) on March 28, 2005 at 4:38 PM
    hello, i no alot of people have different opinions on these bands and people probably think that i wear them for fashion because i have 7. Some times i wear them all at once but mostly 3 on my arm and i rotate them. People think its for fashion and i no that it kinda is but i think as long as they go to the charity and not to some ebay dealer its ok. and i do think that people think i've taken it to the extreme and i admit that they're right. i got all mine from charitable sources apart from my bulyling one which i got from ebay because they don't do them any more and i wanted to show my support for bullying. But now its getting to the stage where i think there are just to many colours and the different colours lose they're meanings after a while. I wear my yellow one everyday and you believe in what you want. Thats my opnion . Vix!
  • hana (View Email) on March 30, 2005 at 5:14 AM
    More yellow support the troops (also in Camo)
    Blue: anti-bullying, anti bush, tusunami relief, prostate cancer,
    Pink: breask cancer
    Red: Heart-disease, pro bush, anti tobacco(also in orange), hiv
    Purple: CF (Cystic Fibrosis, lupus ( also orange), domestic violence
    White right to life, peace
    orange: Asperger's, self- harm
    Grey: Diabetes, brain cancer
    Black and white: Racism
    Green leukaemia, organ donor
    Gold: Childhood cancer
    Black Mourning, melanoma
  • Amy (View Email) on April 2, 2005 at 9:46 AM
    i really dont see the problem with the bands becoming a fashion trend- they were intended to raise awareness and funds, and they have achieved both. how many people dont know now what they are for? and how many people are buying them? i dont think it matters why we buy them- if the money goes to charity, does it really matter if people buy them to look good? i dont agree with people buying them in bulk and selling them for a profit on ebay though- thats just abusing a charity fundraiser to put money in your own pocket. i do know sellers on ebay though that give all but the shipping costs to charity. just be careful were you buy it!!
  • charlotte L M M on April 2, 2005 at 6:44 PM
    I have five wristbands and I never take any off, I feel that it is money well spent. What upsets me is when I see people who buy the cheep ones! It aggravates me because the money does not go to charitable trust. People don’t know where to
    purchase there wristbands, people ask me “where did you get yours?” and "what does the black & white one mean (and the other colours)?" and I am contented to know that my money went on something important rather than me spending it on drink ect.
  • STEPH (View Email) on April 8, 2005 at 7:14 PM
    I DONT SEE THE PROBLEM OF BANDS BECOMING A FASHION TREND.BUT I SEE THE PROBLEM WHEN SHOPS ARE SELLING FAKE ONES CLAIMING THEY ARE REAL AND PEOPLE WEARING FAKE ONES INSTEAD OF CHARITY ONES BECAUSE THE CHARIRTYS DONT GET ANY MONEY.
    IV PURCHASED ALL MY BANDS FROM THE WEBSITE.
    IV GOT STAND UP SPEAK UP
    YELLOW LIVESTRONG
    DAUGHTER,MOTHER,GRANDMOTHER BREAST CANCE
    ANTI BULLY
    AND LOADZ MORE.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
  • becky (View Email) on April 9, 2005 at 11:35 AM
    what do the other live strong colours mean
  • jane on April 11, 2005 at 2:03 PM
    hi
    i think that the bands r gd if u r wearing them for there realy meaning
    jane
  • NIC (View Email) on April 12, 2005 at 8:48 AM
    I LOVE THE BANDS BUT DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET A ORANGE SELF HARM ONE FROM IF U KNOW PLZ TELL ME
  • Elle (View Email) on April 12, 2005 at 3:55 PM
    THEY ARE FOR CHARITY. Selling fake ones is mean . making profits wen others are raisin money for chairity.. ONLY BUY IF THEY ARE FOR CHARITY. Remember charity can never make a profit there is too many people that really need that money!!!!
  • Candilyn (View Email) on April 15, 2005 at 7:51 PM
    hi, my name is candilyn i just wanted to say was that i have four cancer bracelets. one is belive , i love cheer, faith hope thats all i have. it feels good helping other people who you don,t know . they can thank what you did for them.
  • Q (View Email) on April 16, 2005 at 10:55 PM
    PEOPLE PEOPLE PLEASE! THERE ARE NO OTHER LIVESTRONG COLORS! IF YOU BUY A LIVESTRONG IN SOMETHING OTHER THAN YELLOW, AND YOU DIDNT BUY IT FROM NIKE OR DISCOVERY STORES OR THE OFFICIAL LANCE ARMSTRONG WEBSITES, THEN IT IS A FAKE AND NEITHER ALL OR PART OF THE MONEY IS GOING TO CHARITY. THAT ALSO GOES FOR A BAND THAT COSTS MORE THAN A DOLLAR. PLEASE PEOPLE, STEP AWAY FROM THE TRENDS. IF YOU WANT A BAND TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE, THEN FINE. BUT PLEASE LET THAT BE THE ACTUAL REASON WHY YOU ARE BUYING A BAND.
  • Michael Lee Rappell (View Email) on April 17, 2005 at 4:42 AM
    Can i get a free wrist band to show i have tipe 2 Diabets plase i cant get one any wear
    from Michael Lee Rappell
    Age 17
  • petra (View Email) on April 17, 2005 at 7:49 AM
    hi im 14 yrs old nd i av 7 bands!a yellow pink purple livestrong a multi-coloured 1 nd support are troops one nd a anti bulling nd swansea city one! i fink dat its rele gd dat every 1 is wearin dem so every one who is on bout ppl who wear dem 4 fashion so wa at least der muny is goin 2 charity nd not any nefin else lke drugz drink nd so on!! dose ne 1 naw were i cum get a orange 1 from? thnxz
  • AB (View Email) on April 19, 2005 at 12:46 AM
    hi im 16 and live in Brisbane of Australia. at my school there are very few people who have the LiveStrong band and there a even less who know the meanning behind it. when i wear mine and people ask about it i always tell them about Lance Armstrong and the inspiration behind the creation of the LiveStrong band. To me spreading the message is important not just for cancer and other illnesses but as inspiration for anything life can through at us.
  • Mark Bruce (View Email) on April 19, 2005 at 1:30 PM
    hi can you tell me what all the colours of the bands stand for as ive seen them about and i don't know what each band stands for thank you
  • Corinna (View Email) on April 20, 2005 at 6:00 PM
    I believe strongly in the causes that the bands were brought in for, but i have not bought one. Instead i have donated money anyway to the box, without lifting the band.

    Everyday i see every one wearing them in my school and it makes me sick. Most of them are now cheap knock offs, that the charity doesn't even see. That is simply theft of charity.

    I also work in Dorothy Perkins where we sell the Breast Cancer bands. I have never seen so many 8 year old boys in DP as i have since we began selling them. There are a few interesting points besides that. They never aks for "the breast-cancer band", they simply ask if we have the "pink band." When we ran out, we ordered in some pins. Now when they come in, i tell them that buying a pin is exactly the same as the money still goes to charity.

    No guesses how interested they are in a pin.
  • A (View Email) on April 22, 2005 at 1:28 PM
    To the question about orange Self Harm bands they are £3.50 with SH written round them and are availible from; http://www.nshn.co.uk/ the national self harm network.

    Hope this is helpful
  • vanessa (View Email) on April 24, 2005 at 6:51 PM
    hi, can somebody send me a e-mail telling the meaning of each one of the livestrong colors please :) my question is do all the colored bracelets (the originals) are made by lance armstrong or every color has a different creator??? and why is nike involved?did he help armstrong to create the braceleta or what?
  • Thiago (View Email) on May 1, 2005 at 5:46 PM
    Hi, I'm Thiago and I'd like to know where I could buy the racism livestrongs (I think it's the black and whit)by the internet??
    Thank you very much...
    Thiago
  • BOTB (View Email) on May 8, 2005 at 2:27 PM
    hi i'm botb (bring on the bands), i want to know what the multicoloured livestrong bands mean, would someone please e-mail me some info on my question, thanks a bunch!
  • *~Erin~* (View Email) on May 12, 2005 at 8:19 AM
    Hey im Erin a 12 year old girl living in Kuwait. Here Livestrong is so0o0o in! Every1 here has 1! Right now i have 8...some of them are fake....but was givin the fake ones. I dont understand u people! Why do u care if its a fad? I mean.....the money is still going toward charity! I have a black 1 that says friendship, a purple i love my dog, 2 yellow livestrongs, 1 white player (nike), a pink strength, and the black and white stand up speak up. I rillllly wanna get an orange 1...will some1 plez email me and tell me wat the orange 1s say? I also am getting a support our troops and i also might get a dark blue Kuwait Unity. Kuwait unity is the most popular 1 here! (of coarse!) And alot of my friends have Unite Lebinon. So....if any 1 in the states has Kuwait Unity...ROCK ON!!! lo0ol! add me if u have msn too plez...bye! *~Erin~*
  • :-) krissy (-: (View Email) on May 16, 2005 at 8:11 AM
    hiya all!
    i think that the whole charity wristbands thing is a fantastic idea!! It has raised a huge amount of money and really makes a difference!! The amount of people that have saved lifes is fantastic.
    I have a pink breast cancer one! My nan's had cancer 3 times and if it weren't for people like us, she probably wouldn't have made it!!
    this is me saying thank you to all you guys you've been great!
    krissy xxx
  • ilsewin on May 24, 2005 at 12:36 PM
    I have been looking for an orange wristband for ages, but haven't been able to find out how to get an authentic one. Thanks to the person above who mention the website I can get one from.
    I think it's a shame that the bands have become a 'fashion trend', and people have started to sell fake ones. I've seen plenty of fake orange ones in the shops, but I have deliberately not bought them because I want an authentic one. Also, it has to be remebered, trends never last very long, and when this one is over those who sell them for profit will stop, and those who have the bands for the proper reasons will still be wearing theirs.
  • Jeff (View Email) on June 6, 2005 at 3:09 PM
    Hello everyone. I have purchased 20 of these bracelets off the LAF website for my family and friends. I am just curious if anyone knows that there's a certian arm you should wear it on? I have been told that you wear it on your left arm if you have or have had cancer, and wear it on your right arm if you are just a cancer supporter. Anyone know the answer to this?
  • nadia on June 11, 2005 at 10:21 AM
    how do u design your own bracelet?
  • suz (View Email) on June 20, 2005 at 5:35 AM
    what does every colour mean ?
  • PMG (View Email) on July 1, 2005 at 4:43 AM
    i have a livestrong band and i think that they should only have livestrong ones and maybe racism because my sister have about 16 on one hand and all of them loko stupid like angel and nike and stuff i think it should stop right now!
  • Linzie Amantea (View Email) on July 5, 2005 at 2:23 AM
    This bracelet has a special meaning for me because it reminds me of my grandfather who died of lung cancer when I was 5 years old. It also reminds me never to start smoking.
  • Farid Taufik (View Email) on July 10, 2005 at 4:09 AM
    Can you tell me what is the meaning of all livestong bracelet colour?
  • jules (View Email) on July 14, 2005 at 8:01 PM
    i dont have anything against people who wear them for the right reasons which is to support cancer and create awareness, but i see many girls just wearing them for fashion. Half of them probably dont know what they mean, it ridiculous. what digusted me further was when i saw a pack of 5 rubber band on sale for 2.50, these bands said the same things the charity ones do but the money doesnt go to any charity. manufacturers have seen them as an easy way to make money. i for one will not buy any bands, but i will still give to charity in a more modest way. if you want to buy a band make sure you believe in its cause and dont fall into fashions trap.
  • will hoges (View Email) on July 20, 2005 at 6:22 AM
    the livestrong wrist bands are a great idea, and i wear one supporting the cause against cancer, but can you tell me what the other colours mean. obviously yellow is the main one, but i have seen red, orange, white and blue livestrong wrist bands!! Thanks
  • Andrew (View Email) on August 8, 2005 at 9:57 AM
    GUYS DONT YOU GET IT !? This is the problem with the bracelets. People are buying the bracelets for the wrong reasons. Its a fashion statement, a fad; not a bracelet for charity anymore. Some of the comments here already prove this. And for the people that go, "But Im only supporting cancer", well you dont kave to broadcast it to the world. Like whats the difference between that and wearing a sticker on ur shirt that says "I donated money to canacer research"? Absolutle nothing. Dont get me wrong, I do believe in supporting charities and I would donate alot of money to cancer reserch or anyother foundation thats short on cash. But this had gone way too far. Companies are starting to produce these as an easy way to make money as jules pointed out. Ya know what just dont even bother getting the bands, the ideas going corrupt. Just donate your dollar to ur local Cancer institute. And when you read the comments, read carfully and you'll get what I mean (when I said people buy the bracelets for the wrong reasons and the bracelets becoming a fashion statement).
  • Devin (View Email) on August 27, 2005 at 1:32 AM
    hey i was wondering which wrist to wear my liveSTRONG band on? most people have it on the rigth wrist, iam not SURE so iam wearing it on my rigth wrist like evreyone else.
    theres a few ways to tell if its the reall thing; one way is if it was MADE IN CHINA.
    THX
    liveSTRONG WEAR YELLOW
    LANCE ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION
  • Josie (View Email) on September 15, 2005 at 4:38 AM
    All the people at my school are wearing fake ones and they don't care they think they're cool and wear them just for fashion. The people who DO have real ones don't realise what it's for!!! I think people should know that they're donating not just wear them to be cool. Nobody really understands. I mean you could buy a real one and still be a cold-hearted person, BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW!!! I think people should only buy them if they know what it means.
  • Cindy (View Email) on October 10, 2005 at 2:15 PM
    Well, i just bought a "livestrong bracelet", but i don't know whether it is authentic. I have been told if it is mad in Taiwan it is real, but if its made in China its fake. Soi haven't worn mine because i don't want to wear it if its fake. The idea disgusts me. I want my money to go to a good cause. Not some greedy money maker. if someone can e-mail me with the truth it would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
  • Bobby on October 29, 2005 at 7:03 PM
    how many bands did the lance armstrong foundation sell?
  • pritish sanyal (india) (View Email) on October 31, 2005 at 12:55 AM
    hi i wanted to knw the diff colours stand for wat
    i hve a black one
  • ANDREW on November 3, 2005 at 7:39 PM
    God is the answer and you should read abou thim. Buddishm is a theory and there is only one real God and that is Jesus Christ.
  • Sabahat (View Email) on December 1, 2005 at 9:16 AM
    hi i wanted to know what does the red & white bands stand for & how con you make your own band?
  • Ashlee (View Email) on December 3, 2005 at 1:46 AM
    Only the authentic yellow bracelets are actually livestrong bracelets. Lots of the other colours don't support charities at all. And you can't make your own. That defeats the purpose! Considering what a fad it's become in some countries, it's surprising that no one really knows about it in New Zealand. At least if I wear mine I won't get hounded by obnoxious people telling me I'm following a fad. The fact that it raises money is all that should matter.
  • melissa on December 13, 2005 at 4:24 PM
    so true
  • chhavi (View Email) on December 23, 2005 at 3:42 PM
    though i personally wunt buy any bracelet jus coz its a fad but i think thers nothin very bad if sum1 else does it coz the money is anyway goin to the respective foundations.so tht way ppl r doing their bit for the cause by buying 'em.
  • daycia (View Email) on January 4, 2006 at 7:36 PM
    what percent of the money
    is givin to the livestrong foundation
    by selling the bands
  • Thomas (View Email) on January 22, 2006 at 10:40 AM
    What are the different colours meaning???
  • sahyajeevan (View Email) on January 25, 2006 at 2:05 PM
    i have seen all colors of bands,red,black,pink,yellow,green,white,but really dont know what the colors stand for,except yellow,so could u plz tell me wat the colors represent???
  • daniel welch (View Email) on March 31, 2007 at 5:05 AM
    im name is daniel welch i am a student at cantonian high school and i would love to have one of your bands so please could you post me one at 153 pentrebane road fairwater cardiff cf5 3rb south wales thank you very much
  • justin (View Email) on March 31, 2007 at 11:36 PM
    were can i get a real livestrong band for a low price and i only want 2 of them
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