Aug 302004
 
Authors: Megan Schulz

Students may have noticed an abundance of yellow wristbands

decorating many of their fellow students’ wrists over the past

couple months.

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

mantra, “Livestrong.”

“Yellow is the reason I’m here,” Armstrong wrote on his Web

site, www.wearyellow.com.

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

cancer.

“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

million wristbands.

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

wristbands.

“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

said.

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

one.

“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.”

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