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Old 02-23-05, 07:09 AM   #26
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i actually have trouble with the whole yellow wristband thing. my problem is that it smells more of marketing for armstring and nike [whose logo is prominent on the display card of the baggie] than anything else. i am impressed with all your commitment to supporting cancer research, but what i hear more is that it's an emblem of allegience to armstrong. that is, many people [not everyone] buy them because lance is cool, and not because they give a damn about cancer research.

again, i know that's not your motivation, but it's just something that bugs me.
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Old 02-23-05, 07:45 AM   #27
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Started a tread about Robin Williams wearing a big yellow watch band on BIll Maher last friday night...WIlliams is ALWAYS a spokesperson for cycling, LA, and always wears a Livestrong band..I am pretty sure...
My point was..Maybe LIvestrong is marketing something more durable.Might raise more money for the Wear YEllow campaign..Particularily after Mirona's response. Thought maybe WIlliams was wearing a 'Livestrong ' watch band..
I will wear my Livestrong band for keeps..But maybe it won't keep....
I will try to protect my band..
.Mirona ..Did not do anything streanous with it did you that would damage it? I figure don't twist it over the wrist it might last longer...Also, the point..Maybe a wear yellow wrist band or something similiar might last forever?
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I got one when they first came out and am now on my second one. Oddly enough I was taking off a cycling jersey after a ride and my bracelet was around it and it ripped open when pulling off the sleeves. I had been so used to wearing one that I didn't even notice it was gone until I looked down and saw it. So now I have another one and I also wear a red one from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; my mom has MS and my dad's side of the family has had more than its share of run ins with cancer. I plan to put the red one around the stem on my bike since I am training for my 3rd MS ride.
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i dunno... it all seems to be part of the promote-armstrong-as-a-great-american-hero campaign. i'm sure the results are noble [or i assume, rather], but the whole thing -- particularly with the nike logo -- seems more likely cooked-up by a marketing guy than by armstrong's personal sense of noblesse oblige.

i know i'm cynical. i'm always cynical about celebrity charity.
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Not that Nike doesn't mind the pub...but don't you think if that was all it was, they would have at least put their logo ON the band? I think people are too cynical these days. The money is going for research. Mine too, will not come off until it falls off, and then I will buy some more!!

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at least the laf publishes its financial statements, and more than half of the contributions it collected in 2003 went to "program services." so the money is going somewhere [though it's not clear that it's necessarily going to research].

as i said; i don't have a problem with the stated goal. my problem is with the cult of personality. that's all.
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i actually have trouble with the whole yellow wristband thing. my problem is that it smells more of marketing for armstring and nike [whose logo is prominent on the display card of the baggie] than anything else.
Bought 10 from the LAF website.
They came in plain baggies, no logo.

Gave all but a couple away.
Care must be taken when putting on/taking off the bands to not stretch the area with the letters.
I know several people that have broken them.
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Old 02-23-05, 09:14 AM   #33
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I wear one. My Dad died from lung cancer year before last, my step-mother has survived breast cancer and cancer of the larynx, two coworkers of 20+ years are fighting for their lives now. My 34 yr. old neighbor died last Thursday. Also, I appreciate that LA is using his life experience and star power to help others, especially young people. My wife bought 20 and we've given most of them away. I give one to anybody who asks about it, and when somebody wants to pay me for one, I buy more on my next trip to the bike shop.

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Old 02-23-05, 09:22 AM   #34
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I ordered 20 of them when they first came out, 10 youth and 10 adult. I gave all of them away but two. Last week I had to finally give up on my first one. Unfortunately it is ruined even though it didn't break. Seems that my dog was lucky enough to be sprayed by a skunk, I forgot to take my wristband off when I washed her. As you can probably guess, it's not the best smelling thing that I own right now.

I'm glad I kept the one extra wristband, looks like it's time to place another order.
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Old 02-23-05, 09:58 AM   #35
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I'll quit wearing mine when I can't get any more and my last one broke.

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Can't wear one in uniform, so I don't. That's the only reason, though.
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Old 02-23-05, 01:54 PM   #38
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.Mirona ..Did not do anything streanous with it did you that would damage it? I figure don't twist it over the wrist it might last longer...Also, the point..Maybe a wear yellow wrist band or something similiar might last forever?
I was doing the same thing as sbeatonNJ, taking off my shirt, and I guess it must've rolled down my wrist (small wrists), and then snapped. I wasn't playing tug-o-war with my dog or anything
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I sent the money and get the news letter but never got a band. If you get them from other places does all the money still go the foundation?

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I'm on my second one. I wore one from the middle of the Tour (the day Lance took the maillot jaune) until October. I looked at my wrist one evening and noticed it was bare; I figured that it broke and fell off when I was pulling off my gloves at a stop light.

Here's the weird part. The day that one broke, my MIL was diagnosed with leukemia.

Right now, I'm wearing one for her. A friend gave her one but her skin is too sensitive from the chemotherapy so she gave it to me. She started her third round of chemo this week. Toughest woman I ever met.

So, yeah, I wear one and no, it's not a fashion statement for me.
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I havent taken mine off since I got it.
Ditto here as well..
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Hmmmmm... I ordered a package of ten yesterday... this is the first time I've seen this thread. Cancer runs rampent in my family history. I'll give some away but I'm going to wear one.
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I sent the money and get the news letter but never got a band. If you get them from other places does all the money still go the foundation?

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I wear a LiveStrong wrist band because I have had cancer and because a close friend died of cancer a few years back. I donate to numerous cancer charities, support groups, and try to participate on some cancer forums. I bought the band because it is a good way to strike up a conversation with some people and talk about cancer or any other illness or hardships some people face. It's funny how little I knew about cancer until I was diagnosed and I do think the LA foundation is doing a good job to raise awareness. I wish Nike was not involved but he associates with them so hopefully it is a positive twist.
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I don't take mine off either, it reminds me to keep riding because that is what got me healthy and that is what will keep me healthy.
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Been wearing mine since they came out and won't ever take it off. My cousin got cancer and survived about the time that the LiveStrong bands came out and now each time I look at it on my arm I think about her and her struggles to survive. Makes the pain I feel on our little hills around here easier to bear.
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i dunno... it all seems to be part of the promote-armstrong-as-a-great-american-hero campaign. i'm sure the results are noble [or i assume, rather], but the whole thing -- particularly with the nike logo -- seems more likely cooked-up by a marketing guy than by armstrong's personal sense of noblesse oblige.

i know i'm cynical. i'm always cynical about celebrity charity.

The majority of the peloton including key rivals Basso and Ulrich wore bands in the TDF. They were not supporting Lance. I have lost many family members and friends to cancer. This simple idea has raised over 25 million for cancer research. Yes, I am a Lance Fan but I wear mine to support the cause and to motivate me to ride more.
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rob944... the majoprity of the peloton at the tdf is disinclined to cross the patron when he "asks" that they support his cause.
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her skin is too sensitive from the chemotherapy
It sucks that the cure is practically as horrific as the disease. Give her my best please caloso.
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