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    LA's yellow wristbands: A fashion statement or a fight against a killer disease?

    My wife, a cancer survivor for one year now, was a little upset when we were at a party this weekend and people were talking about the wristband as a fashion trend rather than talking about the cause behind it or the people affected by cancer. Actually, some people thought the wristband was in support of LA and his victory at TdF. I understand my wife's feelings. But for those who are not immediately affected by cancer, do you wear the wristband because it is popular or are you aware of and support the cause behind LAF. I'm just curious.
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    Both. Lance is using his popularity to fight cancer, one dollar at a time. I really don't care if the Hilton sisters wear it as long as the money goes to good use...and I'm a cancer survivor.

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    I bought one to show my support for the cause, but I don't wear it mainly because I don't like having anything hanging around my wrist.

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    i've never met anyone wearing one that didn't know the cause behind it. but, i've met plenty of people who don't wear them and think they're just an accessory.

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    Seems like I've been asked half a dozen times about the band and each time I looked on it as an opportunity to spread the good word.
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    I wear mine to support LAF and I tell others who ask me.
    I've gotten at least one other person to wear one as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer
    My wife, a cancer survivor for one year now, was a little upset when we were at a party this weekend and people were talking about the wristband as a fashion trend rather than talking about the cause behind it or the people affected by cancer. Actually, some people thought the wristband was in support of LA and his victory at TdF. I understand my wife's feelings. But for those who are not immediately affected by cancer, do you wear the wristband because it is popular or are you aware of and support the cause behind LAF. I'm just curious.
    yes i am aware of LAF and their causes... i try to educated people as much as possible when they thought it's just a yellow rubber band. my aunt, whom is a 2 time breast cancer survivor, like many other cancer patients/ survivors are the reasons why i wear my LA band. i just wish more people will come to realized it more that this is not a fashion statement or a bandwagon thing in rooting for LA's win of the 6th. we need everyone whom wears it to educated everyone else around them about it.

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    I bought mine before they became the big "trend". My dad is a cancer survivor so that is my first connection to wearing the band. Also when people ask me what it is I talk about the cancer research part. Lance is doing a great job by using his status to help in raising money for the foundation and its work.

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    I think most ADULTS know what the yellow band stands for. Funny, I don't know too many people over the age of 20 who DOESN'T know someone who has had cancer... It is SAD but true..
    I don't know why your wife is upset. The money is for a good cause whether people know it or not.. If the money wasn't going to cancer and they said it was, then I can see her being upset...
    My brother is a 10 year survivor of cancer after the doctors told him he had 1 year.. My dad is also a cancer survivor.
    If the consumer is ignorant WHO CARES as long as the money is going to the right place..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bab
    I don't know why your wife is upset... If the consumer is ignorant WHO CARES as long as the money is going to the right place..
    In my "logical" mind, I agree that as long as the foundation is achieving its goal to raise money so that a cure for cancer can eventurally be developed, then I don't really care why people buy the wristband. But at the same time, I am not a cancer survivor myself and I do not live with the psychological side effects (i.e. reoccurence, anger, etc.). Accordingly, I respect my wife's feelings of those who trivialize the cause. Thanks for all the inputs.
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    I started wearing mine for two reasons first to support the LAF and second to support Lance. Now it has a whole new meaning for me . Livestrong is a new mantra for me and my family, 2 weeks ago my 71 year old mother had an aneurysm and just before she went in for her surgery I slipped it on her wrist telling her to live strong. She has finally come out of her coma and hopefully is on her way to recovery. Now not only do my family wear them but many of the care givers at the hospital are wearing them in her support. I really do not think anyone out there is wearing them as a fashion statement.
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    I'm sure many people might have some alternate intentions whether its the wristband, or various ribbons/pins/keychains for supporting other charities.

    Brings up the neat issue of trying of assessing someone's goodness while factoring both the consequences and intentions. (sure the consequences is that it supports LiveStrong, but does the person's intentions matter?)

    So consider this, where person X is someone with a sore back.

    a)Person A is mean, hits person X with a chair to hurt them, but actually fixes the back by nudging something back into place.

    b)Person B is kind, thinks he knows what he is doing, also carefully hits person X with a chair, but actually makes the injury much worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngateguy
    I started wearing mine for two reasons first to support the LAF and second to support Lance. Now it has a whole new meaning for me . Livestrong is a new mantra for me and my family, 2 weeks ago my 71 year old mother had an aneurysm and just before she went in for her surgery I slipped it on her wrist telling her to live strong. She has finally come out of her coma and hopefully is on her way to recovery. Now not only do my family wear them but many of the care givers at the hospital are wearing them in her support. I really do not think anyone out there is wearing them as a fashion statement.
    I'm sorry to hear about your mother's condition. My mother went into cardiac arrest back in April, the prognosis never looked good but she is back at home and I am thankful for every extra moment I have to spend with her. Livestrong indeed!

    My prayers are with your family,

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    I have several bands. The first was given to me by a man I know named Greg who had testicular cancer(he was Lance's roomate during one of his hospital stays.) I'm a Lance fan, but I wear it in support of people like Greg, whose courage is literally awe-inspiring, and as an excuse to suggest that people support LAF. I also gave one to my mother, who survived cervical cancer. Finally, I wear it because Lance and the motto "LiveStrong" are inspirations.

    I must say, however, that hearing that the Hilton bimbo is wearing one makes me think about taking mine off. There's no rational reason for this-just visceral revulsion at doing anything that creature does.
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    I wear mine for my dad, a cancer non survivor, but we only really got people in the store when Lance started wearing yellow and hitting the news. We didn't carry the bands, it was just a personal thing amoung employees, and every time we got someone wanting them we had to explain why we had them but the store did not ( "You don't have them? You're a bike shop" ) And tell people how to get them on line (most did not want to go to the trouble and then we would get a lecture on how we should have them) I think most people, now, are looking for the accessory aspect of them.
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    The darn things are made of plastic, which is made by refining oil. The refining of oil, the subsequent burning of fuel products derived from the refining of oil and the further refining steps required to produce plastics all cause mucho pollution responsible for mucho cases of cancer. Very hypocritical, if you ask me. Why can't people just make a donation to Lance's favorite cancer research foundation, without receiving a stupid fashion accessory?

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    I believe they are surgical quality latex, which would make them plant based.
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    So, who else noticed that John Kerry was wearing one during his speech tonight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samundsen
    So, who else noticed that John Kerry was wearing one during his speech tonight?

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    I didn't notice, I'm not sure that Lance making 16 million/year will be voting Democrat. He seems happy with the current prez....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Pedale
    I didn't notice, I'm not sure that Lance making 16 million/year will be voting Democrat. He seems happy with the current prez....
    a presumption on your part since he has never shown any political side of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ngateguy
    a presumption on your part since he has never shown any political side of him.
    He has presented George W with a yellow jersey (and I think a bike) but that may be more about Bush's position as President than his politics. Bush also called him to congratulate him after winning the Tour.

    As for the bands - I had never heard of them until my 8 year old daughter brought one home for me from Paris. She was there (with my wife's mum) for the final stage and brought me home a number of souvenirs.

    I don't think they're available in Australia at all.

    I checked out the website to see what they were all about and now proudly wear one.

    As far as comments go about ti being made of plastic, they state on the packaging that they're made of silicon.

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    You can go to http://www.johnkerry.com/index.html to see Kerry is very definitely wearing one.

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    Does everyone have to bring politics into something that is a great cause!!! Who cares WHY they wear it as long as the money is going to research. Without this research, I would not have a brother and father alive today.

    It is a great cause and let's hope every political figure, actor and average person on the street buys one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bab
    Does everyone have to bring politics into something that is a great cause!!! Who cares WHY they wear it as long as the money is going to research. Without this research, I would not have a brother and father alive today.

    It is a great cause and let's hope every political figure, actor and average person on the street buys one!!
    I agree who cares if Paris or John or George wears one or why the money raised is a good thing. Besides it is another one of those things thta is brining Americans together instead of dividing us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randya
    The darn things are made of plastic, which is made by refining oil. The refining of oil, the subsequent burning of fuel products derived from the refining of oil and the further refining steps required to produce plastics all cause mucho pollution responsible for mucho cases of cancer. Very hypocritical, if you ask me. Why can't people just make a donation to Lance's favorite cancer research foundation, without receiving a stupid fashion accessory?
    So tell me Randya that computer you are sitting at has absolutly no plastic or oil based products. You have personally NEVER purchased any oil based products?

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