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  1. More Livestrong News

    jake on 2004.10.26
    at 05:30 pm

    Well our most popular post needs some updated info. But it's also getting a bit bloated. So I'll add some facts over here and maybe bring some comments over here with them.

    What's the problem?

    First an article discussing their popularity over at ESPN. The most interesting thing is where the bands originate from. The Livestrong bands are the first in this new updated wave, but the slightly less durable originals were from 1998.

    While many have credited Nike with the idea, phrases on rubber bands have existed in the sports world since 1998, when an entrepreneur from Minnesota, Ave Green, started doing it. Thanks to striking up a friendship with Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, who had been wearing regular rubber bands throughout his high school career, Green's company, Wordstretch, sold more than 10 million rubber bands with phrases over a four-year period.

    ...

    Green said that the Armstrong bands are a better evolution of her original idea. They are made of thicker material and the words are stamped into the rubber so the words won't rub off.

    Second we have an article from Silver Chips Online which has a good summary of the motivations behind the bands, and how it's been skewed by their popularity.

    With demands for the bracelets high, most stores have run out of bands. Yet Mogge notes that while people seem concerned over where to buy the bracelets, they are not so concerned about the intent of the band. Says Mogge, "They just ask, 'Where can I get one?'"

    So that leads me to the last article on CNET. Here we again hear about how the fad is creating a loss of meaning in the message. This is especially true on eBay.

    Officials from the foundation said the eBay development strikes them as "truly disappointing"--they are not, to the best of their knowledge, receiving any additional funds for the marked-up, resold bracelets.

    Consumers are turning to eBay because of a backlog, said Michelle Milford, a spokeswoman for Lance Armstrong Foundation.

    "We're seeing them sold for as much as $20 in some cases, and we could put that money toward valuable research," Milford said. "The eBay situation is being caused by a perception that there is a shortage of bracelets, which there is not."

    What can we do?

    Well it's frankly upsetting. The few that I had I gave out for free. Maybe some people really only wanted one and so collected one dollar each as they gave them out. But $20 for a single little piece of rubber, with none of that going back the The Lance Armstrong Foundation, is just ridiculous.

    If anyone out there has a fairly large number of these and is interested in "selling" them (on eBay or whatever) and then subsequently donating the excess money to The Foundation we will mention you here. Right now we're in the top 5 in Google for "livestrong band." Maybe we can get enough people through these pages to help raise awareness.

    I'll try and keep this updated if anything actually occurs.

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    Comments (23)

    1. jake said on 2004.10.29 at 02:48 pm

      Where did everybody go?

      How come everyone just goes to the other post? This one is so much more informative.

    2. Kathleen said on 2004.11.19 at 01:36 am

      Anti-Gun Violence Bracelets

      I have the LiveSTRONG bracelets in honor of a student at my school who is currently beginning to win the battle with leukemia. My question is, is there any organizations that have Anti Gun or Anti Violence bracelets as a former classmate was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest a few weeks ago.

    3. grace j. whitelock said on 2004.11.21 at 12:24 am

      looking for source of lyme bracelets

      having kids with lyme i'm looking for lyme bracelets but i want to make sure money is going for research. anybody know where? email gjwhitelock@optonline.net

    4. Annie said on 2004.11.24 at 02:31 pm

      HI

      Hi, I reaally dont like that other post either. Everybodys insulting each other.People are using it as chat rooms. Anyway, I would like to know were to get the Breast Cancer bracelets. My Grandma has Breast Cancer and we are closer than a bat and aball hit each other. Thank You!

    5. Erin said on 2004.11.26 at 01:01 pm

      hey

      hey jake, kathleen, grace,and I told the other guys from the other post to come to this one. they should be commenting

    6. Kathleen said on 2004.12.16 at 01:40 am

      Leukemia Wristbands

      I just found that Hendrick Motor Sports is sponsoring a "Life is a Team Sport" blue wristband with proceeds to go to the Hendrick Marrow Program for those with Leukemia or other Blood disorders. www.hendrickmotorsports.com

    7. Sasha said on 2004.12.23 at 05:43 pm

      yo

    8. toni said on 2004.12.27 at 11:37 pm

      Childhood Cancer

      Does anyone know if there are any bracelets being made for Childhood Cancer Awareness? thanks.

    9. Bob said on 2005.01.14 at 11:23 am

      Greyhound Adoption Bracelets

      I came across a cool bracelet for Greyhound Adopotion. They are grey of course and all the proceeds of their sales go to helping retired race dogs find homes. What a great cause to help out with and it’s a color that I didn’t have.

    10. Bob said on 2005.01.14 at 11:25 am

      Greyhound Bracelet Link

      Sorry here is the link – http://www.virginiagreyhounds.org/store.htm

    11. Tatiana said on 2005.01.23 at 02:13 pm

      Hey. I just wanted to know the meaning of the black livestrong bracelet. If anyone knows it, please type it down. Thanks

    12. CC said on 2005.02.09 at 02:51 am

      the black livestrongs are actually “livewrongs”. and it doesnt mean live wrong or anything… they explain it on their site. www.livewrong.net

    13. CJ said on 2005.02.15 at 10:29 pm

      The black ones I’ve seen are for Tsunami relief

    14. Mopri said on 2005.02.19 at 03:51 pm

      ...i wanna know...

      i really want to know what the light blue wrist band means…they told me i was from the tsunami…i really dont know what to believe.
      I wanna know also what color they have…i only have light blue and yellow.
      please tell me to my hotmail email: moprirestani8@hotmail.com

    15. lizbeth said on 2005.03.30 at 03:54 pm

      i wanna know

      i am trying to buy the writsbands but i dont know where to go

    16. lizbeth said on 2005.03.30 at 03:54 pm

      i wanna know

      i am trying to buy the writsbands but i dont know where to go

    17. Claire said on 2005.04.04 at 10:56 am

      Where to find wristbands

      Heya,

      Just to let you all know, that today I found an excellent website to buy all the wristbands for various charities. I have bought some myself off this website and have recieved them in 3 days so you can trust it! The website is www.bristishwristbands.co.uk!
      Have fun shopping!

    18. bren said on 2005.04.29 at 10:22 pm

      where do you make them?

      where do you go to make your own livestrongs?

    19. Nicolette said on 2005.05.10 at 06:12 am

      what they mean???

      I would like to know if there is a website for me to go to. to see what all of the different kinds of bracelets mean and what they look like!!! :)

    20. hf said on 2005.05.24 at 09:02 pm

      heya aint no fricken word claire. u dufus!

    21. fsjhgfsj said on 2005.05.31 at 11:13 pm

      JAKE IS AN ASS HOLE I’m sorry you feel that way but leaving numerous insults here is not the answer. If it keeps up you’ll force me to build an entire blocking system to stop you. I’ve never been a fan of restricting communication so stop wasting both our time.

    22. boots said on 2005.07.20 at 03:43 pm

      livestrong fakes

      i ought my livestrong from a cycling store it has a skinny live and a fat strong and on the back it says made in china. my friends say its fake. they have slightly different yellow livestrongs the yellow is lighter and on the back it says made in Taiwan. is mine real or theres?

    23. Kat said on 2005.08.17 at 11:40 pm

      livestrong bracelets

      Does anyone know how to shrink the bracelets? They are waaaaaay to big for my little wrists!

      Thanks

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