Students may have noticed an abundance of yellow wristbands
decorating many of their fellow students’ wrists over the past
CSU students are not the only people sporting the wristbands. A
variety of people, including celebrities such as Matt Damon and
Ashley Judd, have taken a liking to the yellow bands.
“I see them all the time,” said Kacy Jones, a sophomore interior
design major. “I wonder how many kids actually have them.”
The wristbands are a fundraiser started by the Lance Armstrong
Foundation to help raise $5 million for people with cancer. The
bands cost $1 each and are engraved with Armstrong’s personal
“Yellow is the reason I’m here,” Armstrong wrote on his Web
Armstrong has won the Tour de France bicycle race a record six
times. He had testicular cancer, which spread to his abdomen, lungs
and brain. The cancer has been in remission for seven years.
During his cancer treatment, Armstrong started the Lance
Armstrong Foundation to raise awareness and educate the world about
“Before cancer I just lived,” Armstrong explains on the LAF Web
site, www.laf.org. “Now I live strong.”
The LAF works to achieve its mission by focusing on four
programs: advocacy, education, public health and research.
According to its Web site, the foundation has sold more than 10
Although the wristbands are available for purchase at the LAF
Web site, distributors are experiencing a national backorder. Local
distributors have also run out of the popular bracelets.
Lee’s Cyclery and Fitness, 202 W. Laurel St., a local bicycle
shop that carried the wristbands, is out of Livestrong
“I had people calling from all over the state when we were in
stock,” said MK Thompson, assistant manager of Lee’s Cyclery and
Fitness. “When we were in stock, we sold about 500 (wristbands) a
week between our two locations.”
Thompson believes the national backorder is the result of
incorrect planning on the distributors’ part.
“I think one of the reasons they stopped making them is because
the distributors thought that the novelty (of the bracelets) would
go down after the Tour de France, but it just went up,” Thompson
Lee’s Cyclery and Fitness sold the bracelets to a diverse group
of customers, Thompson said.
“It’s definitely been a variety (of people),” Thompson said.
“It’s not just athletes. It’s also people who have had cancer or
know someone who had cancer.”
Despite the backorder, the wristbands’ popularity is noticeable
on campus, and each student has his or her own reasons for wearing
“I have read both of (Armstrong’s) books,” said Matt Smith, a
graduate student studying anatomy. “He’s the closest thing I have
to a hero. It’s a motivation for me to live strong.”