- Posted October 17, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Lance Armstrong speaks out
I lost my grandfather to cancer in 2004. It was a very tough thing to get over, losing my only surviving biological grandfather to cancer. I then read Lance Armstrong's book "It's Not About the Bike". I swear if you read it you can see how the whole USADA thing is bull. But let's not get off track. From that moment on I started wearing a yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet. It was my way of keeping my grandfather's memory alive. It was also my way of trying to do my part to stop cancer from taking anyone else I loved. But it clearly wasn't enough.
My cousin Eric was only 33 when he passed away. I thought it was bad when my grandfather died, but when Eric died it was like I lost a part of myself. My grandfather was 79 years old when he died and I thought it was either cancer or something else that would have taken him sooner or later. But, when Eric died, I realized maybe I am not invisible and wouldn't live forever. I had decided just before he died to do a grassroots fundraising campaign for Livestrong in his name. I managed to raise just about $2,000 for the LAF. I also managed to increase the amount of those yellow bracelets being worn since I sent out one with every letter I sent trying to raise money.
I started at that point to not only wear one LIVESTRONG bracelet on my wrist, but two. I wear one for my grandfather and one for Eric. I find myself playing with them every once in a while especially when I think about either one of those people I lost to cancer. I honestly don't think I could ever stop wearing either one of the bracelets because it would feel like I am giving up on the 10.2 million people dealing with cancer in the world.
So basically, I will forever be yellow and no report from any fraud organization like the USADA will ever get me to stop. Not to mention, they by doing what they are doing, are hurting those who have to deal with cancer every single day and depend on the help the LAF gives them. And that, I find incredibly disgusting.