The Yellow Bracelet
by Joel Jacobson
Unless you just fell off a turnip truck
yesterday, you have probably heard of the name Lance Armstrong.
Six-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor, he is now a
champion of promoting the yellow bracelet.
Since his battle with cancer and his heroic
fight and survival, Lance has set up the Lance Armstrong
Foundation. This foundation supports the wearing of yellow
bracelets, advocacy, education, public health and research.
There are nearly 10 million people living
today with cancer. Because of programs like the yellow bracelet, The
Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), and its partners are working to
raise awareness so that people and families living with cancer can
live strong, productive lives.
The yellow bracelet is a symbol of hope,
courage, and perseverance. It's a symbol of Lance's courage to
fight and win the battle against cancer.
Lance's mantra "Live Strong" is engraved on
every yellow bracelet in efforts to raise $5,000,000 for The Lance
Armstrong Foundation. He's the epitome of strength and resolve when
it comes to fighting cancer. Not only did he beat cancer, he came
back to win the Tour de France several times after fighting cancer.
What an inspiration he is!
The yellow bracelet and Live Strong
is also a resource for cancer survivors. It's sometimes
hard to find easy to understand information that is reliable, and
here you can find all types of information regarding physical
topics, emotional topics, practical topics, survivorship stories and
In 2004, Lance led the Tour of Hope ride.
The yellow bracelet was seen as a symbol of hope for the hundreds of
participants and organizers of the event. The tour started in Los
Angeles on September 30th at the City of Hope Cancer Center. The
Tour was Lance Armstrong at different points along the way.
Throughout the journey, the Team stopped at cancer centers to
encourage people to make a promise and a personal commitment to
learn more about the cancer clinic trials.
A portion of the sales of the yellow
bracelets also go to clinical research. When more people
participate in cancer clinical trials, new therapies and new
approaches to treatments will be discovered. Without these clinical
trials, no new medications would be available for the patients of
today or patients of the future. Every standard approach to cancer
screening and every standard treatment available today have come by
way of clinical trials.
If you are looking for a good cause to get
behind, the yellow bracelet is something that certainly has merit.
Cancer is something that can affect everyone, no matter how old or
how young you are. It can strike anyone at anytime. Backing a cause
like this can give hope to those who are fighting the fight, and
help find a cure for future generations.
Mr. Jacobson is a freelance
writer, web designer, and product design engineer. He's
an avid fisherman who loves to northern and musky fish.
He and his wife recently adopted two infant girls from Russia,
and that keeps them quite busy.