by Teddi McDonald
The Rubber Bracelet: An Inspiring Trend
Do you think Americans are generous and charitable, or do you
believe that we're all just obsessed with "looking out for Number
One?" Well, think what you like, one trend that is bringing out
the kinder, gentler side of the American public is a funny little
doo-dad known as the rubber bracelet.
In fact, the current success of the rubber
bracelet as a big seller for many fund-raising organizations
is indicating a tip in the scales from greed--toward
Many people are showing their commitment and support for their
favorite causes by buying a rubber bracelet created to raise
consciousness--as well as much-deserved funds.
Did you know that the people of the U.S. give more to charities
than those in any other country? Well gosh darn it, the American
people are generous! In fact, because of the rubber bracelet
phenomenon, Americans are digging into their pockets for worthy
causes in droves.
It started with Lance Armstrong's battle with cancer and the
creation of the silicone rubber bracelet in yellow with the words
Live Strong on it.
Part of the money he raises by selling the yellow rubber bracelet goes directly to help improve patients' quality of life.
Many people, knowing of his courage and wanting to support him,
snapped up the live strong rubber bracelets ten at a time - even hundreds at a
time. Since then, an outpouring of generosity from individuals and
corporations has allowed Lance to continue helping others who are
battling cancer in a more personal and immediate way.
Following Lance's success with the live strong bracelets, a number of
other organizations now realize the value of the custom rubber
bracelet as a simple symbol to inspire the giving nature of
Americans. Among these are several breast cancer groups who wanted
to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention with pink
The pink breast cancer rubber bracelet is the result of a far-reaching educational and
fund-raising vision, and has superseded the pink breast cancer
ribbon in popularity. A pink breast cancer awareness
chosen because the color is healing and soothing; it's the
quintessential feminine color.
Wholesale quantities of the pink rubber bracelet for breast
been sold through local stores and on the Internet, raising large
amounts of money to support breast cancer awareness and research.
Many other groups have also created a custom rubber bracelet as
powerful symbol with inspiring logos, in their own fund-raising
efforts. For example, an evangelical Christian group dovetailed on
Lance Armstrong's live strong bracelet idea by creating yellow
silicone bracelets with the logo "Live Saved."
You may even see the "inspiring trend" among young people in
school wearing an orange, green, blue, purple, yellow, pink or red rubber bracelet they bought to support the many local and national
organizations which are selling them to raise funds for worthy
The rubber bracelet allows us to support the cause of our
choice as well as to express our concern for people who might be
suffering. They are a reminder for us to live up to our potential
as human beings.
Most encouragingly, the success of rubber bracelets is a
testament to the ongoing generosity of the American people, and a
step in the right direction for humanity.