April 18, 2006
- Day 7 - Week 2 - Bracelets Tell A Story
I never really noticed, because
I was not looking before, that bracelets of all
sizes, colors and shapes adorn the wrists of women,
and a few men. Decorative for the most part, many
bracelets have symbolic value to the wearer. They
have become iconic in the world of cancer victims.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation,
because of the association with the yellow jersey,
emblematic of winning the Tour de France bicycle
race, distributes a bright yellow plastic bracelet.
When Lance crossed the finish line victorious for a
record breaking 7th time, one could not
help celebrate his dual victory – best of the elite
cyclists of the world, and for besting testicular
cancer. Both remarkable feats for any individual,
and when combined, a Herculean effort for sure.
What he has done for cycling has been outpaced by
his contribution to cancer awareness, in part
through a simple yellow bracelet. Called the LIVE
STRONG bracelet, close to 120 million are now
empowering others to address the disease with
confidence and strength.
I have worn a bracelet since
July 14, 1963. It is made of a stainless steel alloy
and was placed on my wrist in the Sikh community of
Ajnala, Punjab India. It represents brotherhood in
the Sikh religion and is one of the five signs of
that faith. My symbolic affirmation of the worth of
all has never been off my wrist. It is an outward
and visible sign of something I believe in.
Now I have been sent a yellow
and a lime green bracelet from friends and family.
I only thought they came in yellow, but I was wrong.
There is a national program called CANCER AWARENESS
COLORS. Each color references awareness of a
different type of cancer.
Here is the list. If you see
someone with a brightly colored bracelet you will
know that they are walking in solidarity with a
friend, family member, or simply reinforcing their
own sense of self.
- Pink – Breast Cancer
- Teal – Ovarian Cancer
- White- Lung Cancer
- Dark Blue – Colon Cancer
- Orange – Leukemia
- Grey – Brain Cancer
- Kelly Green – Kidney
- Black – Melanoma Cancer
- Burgundy – Multiple
- Purple – Pancreatic Cancer
- Yellow – Sarcoma and
- Peach – Uterine Cancer
- Gold – Childhood Cancer
- Light Blue – Childhood
- Emerald Green – Liver
- Periwinkle – Esophageal
Cancer (Question: What color is periwinkle?)
- Lavender – All Cancers
And 18. Lime – Lymphoma Cancer
If you want to obtain a
specific bracelet check out
Anything anyone can do to give
another hope is worth doing.
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