If you stand up publicly for or against something, it’s
important to exemplify that stand in everything you do.
All around campus, the state, the nation and the world, people
are wearing yellow wristbands. These wristbands come from the Lance
Armstrong Foundation, and the money raised from people buying them
goes to support people with cancer. These wristbands are stamped
with Armstrong’s mantra, “Livestrong.” Armstrong is also a cancer
The fact that these wristbands are so popular is great. The
foundation’s Web site states more than 10 million people have
purchased them, and many local and national vendors have sold out
of the wristbands
The only problem with people wearing these wristbands is when
they let other aspects of their lives contradict their support for
cancer patients and survivors. This can happen when they buy a pack
of cigarettes and support the tobacco industry, or when they smoke
cigarettes and expose themselves to further risk of cancer.
Everyone knows smoking isn’t good for you. But a lot of people
still smoke. It just doesn’t seem right to give the cost of a $1
wristband to fund cancer research or help cancer patients, and then
go and give $3 to the tobacco industry.
Instead, everyone should follow a mantra favored by many of our
mothers: Practice what you preach.