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    LIVESTRONG Bracelets - In or Out

    It's been several years (and millions upon millions of dollars later) since the yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets first made their appearance. Some wear/wore the bracelet because it was the new cool fashion accessory (that and Lance was tearing it up in France year after year). But others wear/wore it in order to...well, give them strength to live another day and survive cancer. So, on the one hand, it could be argued that the silicone bracelets were simply a fashion fad that arguably has now passed, but on the other hand, it could be said that it's a physical reminder and source of encouragement for those who are fighting against cancer or have suffered the loss of a friend or family to cancer.

    So, on the whole then...are LIVESTRONG bracelets still wearable these days? What if I have no connections whatsoever to the cause of the Lance Armstrong Foundation? What if I am a passive supporter and a cyclist, but not an active contributor to the LAF and don't know of anyone personally who has suffered from cancer? What if I'm a cancer survivor?

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    Those who bought a bracelet as a fashion accessory still contributed money to the fight against cancer. That's why these bracelets were brilliant from a marketing standpoint. They're simple, cheap and became cool. I read someplace that from a fund-raising standpoint the overwhelming success of the bracelets was a complete surprise. Some marketing and fund-raising professionals thought that a $1 trinket could never bring in "real" money.

    So if you (that's the general "you", not necessarily the OP) bought the bracelet to be fashionable, thank you for contributing to the fight against cancer. I couldn't tell you if they are "in" anymore, but your dollar has already gone to helping others to live better and longer lives so I don't care.

    If you bought the bracelet because it is something you strongly believe in, then keep wearing it.

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    I still wear one and don't really care if it is 'in' or not. I've lost loved ones to cancer & had a minor brush with it myself.

    I prefer to think that those who still wear one still care.
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    Wear 'em if you want. Anybody who would judge the band on it's fashion merits (i.e. "in" or "out") doesn't really understand what the band is about. It's not a fashion accessory - it's significance goes much deeper than that.

    I bought a few bands several years back but no longer wear them. I just don't like to have unnecessary things around my wrist. But I see people who still wear them. And anyone who would negatively judge someone who still wears the band as "unfashionable" really needs to gain a new perspective on life.

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    At this point, if you have to ask...
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    For me it was never about fashion, it was about the cause. And it is still about the cause, so yes i still wear mine.

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    They are too small for my wrists, so I have never worn them. A couple of my bikes do wear them. I put them on when I remove the stem.

    I did it to a bike I donated to the Salvation Army, and saw it around town a few times with the band still there.

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    I don't know what the total is now but, as of about a year ago, $70,000,000.00 had been raised from the sale of the wristbands. That's a significant piece of change. The money raised to fight cancer by the Lance Armstrong Foundation will make a difference in the future. They were there for me when I was diagnosed in June, 2006 and I will continue to wear a wristband all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da Tinker View Post
    I still wear one and don't really care if it is 'in' or not. I've lost loved ones to cancer & had a minor brush with it myself.

    I prefer to think that those who still wear one still care.
    Well said; don't take it off 'tll there's a cure!

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    I don't like wearing stuff like that but you could do far worse with your money

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    Reason I was asking was because the one I've had one one for some time now - I have had family members both lose to cancer and survive cancer - and it had gotten stretched out and beaten up. So, I figured to get a new one, but wondered, do I "have to wear" a bracelet to show my support? Probably not, nor would my support be contingent on other peoples' recognition. (I have to admit, the fashion thought did also cross my mind...I work in an office environment with a lot of suits...would meeting big wigs while sporting a silicone bracelet that is argubly out-of-fashion come across the wrong way?) But visible support and the ensuing opportunities to tell my stories does have a purpose, and maybe a worthy one at that. So, I think Stevesurf's response is simple enough - wear it till a cure can be found. Do it for myself, those who the bracelet stand for, and the cause behind it.

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    I loved it when Rush Limbaugh had his TV show, as a comment on everyone wearing ribbons of various colors for almost every cause under the sun...

    He started wearing a dollar bill folded into the shape of a ribbon and proclaimed that everyone who didn't wear one didn't care about the economy.

    I think the object is to care... If you wish to show that you care in order to help someone else become aware of the cause, then wonderful! However, I don't think you need to wear a specific item to show you care about anything. It is what is inside that counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    I loved it when Rush Limbaugh had his TV show, as a comment on everyone wearing ribbons of various colors for almost every cause under the sun...

    He started wearing a dollar bill folded into the shape of a ribbon and proclaimed that everyone who didn't wear one didn't care about the economy.

    I think the object is to care... If you wish to show that you care in order to help someone else become aware of the cause, then wonderful! However, I don't think you need to wear a specific item to show you care about anything. It is what is inside that counts.
    I think that was to show that he would do anything for money.
    Today, I believe my jurisdiction ends here...

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    I wear it to show support to anyone who has had to deal with Cancer and will continue to wear it.

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    When you get a wheelset built, put one of the bracelets on the hub.

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    I could care a less about fashion. My bike wears one:
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

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    There are different ways to help people who are afflicted with cancer. Some for research, some for social-psycho services, some economic. The Armstrong thing is just one, a very small 1.

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    In style or not doesn't matter to me. I survived cancer so other peoples opinions mean very little to me. I wear the bracelet when I ride and it gives me strength and I believe that I am riding for those that can't. When I want to stop because I am hurting I look at the bracelet and continue to push harder.
    Those that wear the bracelet simply because it is in style and have no idea of the meaning behind it are nothing more then followers.

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    My mother passed away due to issues related to pancreatic cancer. It is not a fashion accessory for me and I've only had it has only come off once.

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    I don't wear the bracelets for various reasons. I support many charities and causes, and could care less about advertising the fact. The bracelets were an awesome marketing idea and did raise millions of dollars for a great cause. At one point it was a fashion fad and widely copied. I think it comes down to personal preference, wear one if you want, hang it on your bike or whatever. But keep up the donations to the good causes.

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    It started out as an idea.

    It became fashion.

    It is no longer fashion, and stands alone as a message.

    For those who have died, for those who are still fighting it, and for those to get it, we need a solution. In memory of those who have paid the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da Tinker View Post
    I still wear one and don't really care if it is 'in' or not. I've lost loved ones to cancer & had a minor brush with it myself.

    I prefer to think that those who still wear one still care.
    Same here. I have to locate another one because I just broke the last bracelet.
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