- Posted October 17, 2012 by
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Lance Armstrong speaks out
It's not about the bike...
Lance Armstrong wrote a book over a decade ago titled "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back To Life." With the recent allegations brought upon Armstrong bringing into question the validity of his accomplishments throughout his cycling career, one must wonder what will become of his LiveStrong legacy. Questions are circling with one of them being whether or not one will still wear a LiveStrong bracelet with such controversy surrounding Armstrong. Should those who currently wear them take them off? The answer is no. The rubber yellow band with the words Live Strong embossed into it weren't made to honor the achievements of Armstrong's cycling career. They were made to provide hope. Motivation. Encouragement. Not necessarily to those wearing them, but to those in a deep struggle battling cancer. All these things found in a rubber band that sits on your wrist, day to day, weathering sun and rain. Not to show your support for Lance Armstrong, but for those people affected by cancer. I will gladly admit that Lance Armstrong is one of the larger reasons that I got into cycling a few years ago. I am afforded the opportunity to have a perspective on both sides of the coin as I am also involved in biomedical research at a medical center, so the question now becomes - which is really the more important thing? The cycling? Or the cancer. It seems obvious. Nearly one in two people are likely going to be affected by cancer. That is why I put my LiveStrong band on close to six years ago and haven't taken it off yet (aside from when the band runs its course, quickly to be replaced by a new one). The simple idea of having a rubber band around your wrist with a meaningful phrase on it means much more than the career of some cyclist that might be under duress. People who got a LiveStrong band from the beginning should continue wearing them without question. For the researchers who are working long hours on a tight budget. For the cancer patients sitting in a chair right now receiving chemotherapy to combat their illness. For those who have lost the battle to the grim disease. If these weren't the type of reasons you were sporting the LiveStrong band to begin with, it seems likely that you shouldn't have gotten it in the first place. Becasue it's not about the bike. It's not about Lance Armstrong and we all need to remember that. So do you still live strong? I sure as hell do.