Livestrong Wristbands

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    Aug 23, 2007 9:40 PM GMT
    Question for you guys...

    I've talked to a few people about the Livestrong campaign to raise money for cancer awareness and treatment. Although everyone I have talked to is all about the cause, some feel the "yellow wristband" was just a fad and will not wear them anymore. What do you all think?
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:34 AM GMT
    I've never heard of the wristands...
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:50 AM GMT
    The wrist-bands were a brilliant marketing stroke: make a worthy charity look cool.

    I did, however, get a bit put off by the me-too fashion statement. The look almost became more important than the cause.

    I think it was just a good way of piggybacking a fundraiser on a fashion trend. But you really shouldn't need to make a fashion statement in order to support worthy charities... Hopefully Lance Armstrong has made enough people aware that there will be an effect long beyond the wristband fad.
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:52 AM GMT
    I used to have one and wore it everyday til it finally broke. It's a great cause and to show that I support it gives me a good feeling. I need to get another one. I have a red white and blue one for the troops and I wear it almost everyday to say I miss my cousin and hope he's safe.
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:05 AM GMT
    The cause lives on; the trend has passed on.

    I live in a very touristed part of town, with busloads of Americans and countless other visitors flooding the streets most of the year, and I haven't noticed anyone wearing them in maybe two years now.
    Some of the souvenir shops still display them in their windows though.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 24, 2007 6:39 AM GMT
    I support the cause but never wore one. I donated and got one. It was around my cars gear shift for awhile and then someone took it. Still a good cause, good marketing!! All things fade eventually. What happened to the pet rock?? and it had no good cause behind it!
  • OutOfEden

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    Aug 24, 2007 7:55 AM GMT
    Well, since you asked, here are three reasons I personally didn't like them.

    1)Everyone else had one on too.
    2)Every other cause and charity had their own (at least 3 specific to my college campus that year)
    3)I was undergoing treatment for testicular cancer around the time and either got hounded with questions about why I didn't wear one, or when I would mention that I DID appreciate the support for a cure for cancer I was met with confused stares.

    However, I did like the message of support and the great word of mouth viral marketing that was so successful for a great cause. My frustration was with the people who didn't know what they meant or why they should wear them, not for the supporters who also volunteer their time and make effort for charities routinely!

    I think it's good to bring them up for discussion though, maybe it's time for a new charitable marketing campaign. Pre-christmas 2006 was the big multi-corporation (RED) campaign towards a cure for AIDS, and there was a buy Pink! campaign in the summer/fall 06 for breast cancer cure products from multiple companies.
  • MYKENVA

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    Aug 24, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    I support the cause..and have worn them. I have ordered them and gave them away to friends. I do not see as many people wearing them these days...

    We should have a gimick to support Aids/Hiv like that..
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    Although the fad is over, once in a while I'll see a person wearing a colored band like the Livestrong one.

    Seems like the "support a cause" has moved from our wrists to those magnets everyone is putting on the back of their cars.
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    Have you seen the baby blue ones that say "Count Me Blue" They came out when Bush was re-elected..Now that was a great gimmick.
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    Aug 24, 2007 3:55 PM GMT
    In a good way! I wish I'd thought of that...
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:03 PM GMT
    I don't generally support campaigns like that because the vast majority of them are merely self-contained marketing schemes. It takes a lot of effort to find out how the money is actually used, and if any of it actually goes to anything worthwhile. Most of it usually goes to paying salaries of the people running these foundations. There are usually more direct ways to donate to research.

    I have no idea about the "livestrong" campaign.

    In any case, I have been involved, at least peripherally, in biomedical research for most of my life. Almost all of it is supported by tax dollars. It's very rare to hear of any research that's supported by one of these foundations, and in those cases, it's usually one of the big endowments, not the ones that solicit donations.
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    Oct 22, 2007 2:23 AM GMT
    I don't know about it being a fashion "trend" or "fad", largely because I never pay attention to that kind of thing. If I like it, I wear it... if I don't, I don't.

    I have a neon green wristband from the Chicago AIDS Foundation, a red one I have to wear for work (its a company thing), and a black/white/red/yellow one that says "We are all related" that I got to support a Native American charity... and I wear all three. If I had my way about it, I'd ditch the red one because three wristbands are just too many and I actually like the other two...

    There are other charities that I support that also have the wristbands, though I've never purchased any of them. I already have three, I don't need more. I think its a good way to raise funds and awareness, because they're usually not expensive for the charity to produce and they sell them fairly cheaply... and people tend to ask about them when they see them.

    On the other hand, I'd much rather donate money when I have it, or donate time. I'd also much rather attend fund-raising functions (such as the brunch/bowling function I attend for a Lupus charity). And while its difficult to find information on exactly how the money is used, it can be found in many cases if you dig far enough. I tend to only support charities that make that information readily available.
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    Oct 22, 2007 3:31 AM GMT
    OMG Plastique! ... icon_eek.gif

    light blue is the color for prostate cancer...so I got a gold ring set with a band of light blue topaz ended with a diamond on each side. ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 22, 2007 4:00 AM GMT
    I have a friend who loves his livestrong wristband because he says it makes a perfect cockring
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 22, 2007 6:04 AM GMT
    I got a grey one for supporting Greyhounds. Nice dogs and I have worn it as a cock ring, a friend laughed and said why on earth- my reply...cause I canicon_exclaim.gif
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    Oct 22, 2007 10:45 AM GMT
    I actually have been trying to find some place locally to get one again. Mine broke a while back and my friend gave it to me because he had an internship with the foundation. it might have been a fad for some but still its a great thing to support and honestly I thought of it as a reminder that even when we think we have it bad someone always has it worse and just to be happy and enjoy what we have before us. Stop looking for whats on the other side of the fence. Also to live every day to its fullest. That why I worse mine.