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Wristband: An Inexpensive Alternative for Any Event, Cause, or Fundraiser

Everyone is wearing wristbands these days. From teenagers with a message, celebrities with a cause and to schools who want to share their school spirit. These colored rubber bracelets around the wrist can be seen almost everywhere you go and are used for all sorts of reasons in all kinds of situations. For causes, fundraisers and special events. They have replaced t-shirts, tickets, coupons, and many other more costly items to become a fashion statement of their own.

Many people have begun to wear them as charity bands, featuring a charity of their choice in the inscription. They are often purchased in large quantities to help raise awareness for the chosen charity, such as breast cancer awareness. With the slogan “Save the Tatas,” breast cancer bracelets replaced t-shirts in many areas, and helped raise thousands of dollars for the cause of breast cancer. The charity wrist bands are one of the most popular trends of this decade.

Another famous use for wristbands is to wipe out bullying. A middle school teacher came up with the idea, and it quickly went global. This year, thousands of students joined together during the week of November 19th which is National Anti-Bullying week in the UK. Those kids each wore colored rubber wristbands which were meant to show that they will give bullies the cold shoulder. Youngsters all over the world have been wearing their anti-bully bracelets with pride, and many of them will continue long after the week is over.

Cheap custom rubber wristbands were made popular by the Lance Armstrong Foundation when he brought out the yellow bands. These bracelets were released in May of 2004 as a fund raising effort to raise money for cancer research, to raise cancer awareness, and to encourage people to live their lives to the fullest. Lance Armstrong is a cyclist who has won the Tour de France seven times. He is also a cancer survivor. Over seventy million of these ‘LIVESTRONG’ bracelets have sold since the beginning.

Wristbands are also used in the place of tickets for admission to places such as air shows, amusement parks, carnivals, church and social events, concerts, bars, arenas, day care, hospitals, fairs and festivals, cinemas, nightclubs, raceways, roller rinks, sporting events, water parks, and many other places. These custom made wristbands are used for many different purposes, such as admissions, advertising, controlling crowds, age verification in bars, identification, in the place of coupons, tickets, and labels.

Wristbands have come a very long way since the yellow bands of Lance Armstrong. A wide variety of colors, textures, patterns, slogans, causes, uses, and purposes have sprung forth from the brain child of one man seeking to send a message. People from all walks of life wear these customizable wristbands proudly, bearing their message, or showing their identity. Whether to get back into a park, or to order drinks from a bar, these colorful bracelets seem here to stay.

Customized wristbands are simple little silicone bracelets that became popular when Lance Armstrong launched the “Livestrong” movement. He was fighting cancer with a simple wristband. They have been bringing people of every race, religion, nationality, and economic level together ever since, while making their very own fashion statement.

Reminderbands come in small medium or large, and are made of one hundred percent silicone. They are much stronger than the rubber counter-parts and are worn by anyone who wants to be a part of a good cause. They can be ordered in large quantities and customized to your phrase, which makes them wonderful for groups to order for their specific cause.

Cushing’s Awareness Silocine Bracelets are a good example. These little light blue custom bracelets feature the saying “Support? It’s About Time!” on one side and “Cushing’s Help” on the other between two small hearts. Cushing’s syndrome occurs when tissues of the body have too much cortisol for too long. The bands helped people be more aware of the syndrome and helped support those who had it.

Another cause which was spread by reminderbands was Red Ribbon Week’s Anti Drug Campaign. Schools and businesses all over the United States “banned” together and wore these red wristbands with the phrases “I Like Me Drug Free,” “100% Drug Free,” and “Too Smart to Start.” Some schools even ordered those bands with their school name or logo on the other side to show their support of the movement against drug abuse. Red Ribbon Week is something that has been around for years and why not remind students the importance of staying drug free?

The “Bands for Freedom” which are in support of the United States military have been worn by hundreds of celebrities as well as thousands of everyday citizens to show their support. NFL stars sported these red, white, and blue bands, as did country stars such as Rascal Flatts. Journalists, politicians, musicians, students, and religious personnel all proudly wear these bands still today. It comes to show how supportive our country is with the military troops.

“FreedomBands” were created and are processed by a family who wanted to raise money for the support of the United States troops. Kib Jensen, his wife Lisa, his daughter Stephanie, and their sons all work to fill the tens of thousands of orders from out of their home.

“Life, Liberty and Freedom,” is engraved on these bracelets, with a star between each word. Jensen is a former Air National Guardsman and hopes to raise at least 25 million dollars to give to A Million Thanks; the Air Force Aid Society; the Army Emergency Relief; the Fisher House Foundation; the Navy & Marine Corps Aid Society; the Red Cross and the United States Service Organization, and any other charity which supports the US military and their families.

Another charity which uses Reminderbands as a way to raise awareness is “Love Our Children USA” which was founded to break the cycle of violence against kids, before it starts. They wish to get to the root of the causes of child abuse and help parents to practice safe parenting. For every donation they receive of five dollars, they will send the donor a “Break The Cycle” silicone wristband.

Reminderbands were also given out to the countless volunteers who had helped with the demolition and restoration of the Pauni home on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. In an effort to give recognition to the people who invested their time and energy into helping on the project as well as a way of identifying them, the volunteers were given the bright yellow Reminderbands with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” engraved in black.

Aside from the bracelets which were passed out to the volunteers, students from the Utah State campus also took donations of a dollar for the bracelets. The proceeds went to the Pauni family.

The Logan area Sky View High School’s football team also used reminder bands for their “Push it for Ben” and “Support Ben” engraved wristbands in memory of Ben Lyman, who was a former member of the team. Ben was killed in an accidental drowning and the school team in Smithfield, Utah wished to dedicate that entire season to his memory.

Reminderbands have come a long way on the fields of fashion, fund-raising, and raising awareness since Lance Armstrong first debuted them. Thousands of people have become more aware of Reminderbands. I would be surprised if there is anyone that has never come across a wristband at least once in their life. They are becoming more and more common.

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