What does the Livestrong bracelet mean to you now? Readers share their thoughts

The Oklahoman asked readers what the yellow Livestrong bracelet means to them now in light of Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping. Here's what some of them had to say via Facebook.
by Ed Godfrey and Jenni Carlson Published: January 20, 2013
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photo - LIVESTRONG bracelet on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
LIVESTRONG bracelet on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman asked readers what the yellow Livestrong bracelet means to them now in light of Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping. Here's what some of them had to say via Facebook.

Michael Duncan, Norman

“Livestrong isn't about one person. It's about millions of people facing cancer who need support as they fight the toughest battle of their lives. It's about the one in every 277 men who will develop testicular cancer, and that includes me. I contracted the disease at the age of 37. I am fortunate to be a survivor, especially given how I initially chose to ignore the symptoms.

“I hope for the sake of others yet to be diagnosed that the mistakes made by Lance Armstrong the cyclist do not hurt the efforts of Lance Armstrong the cancer survivor and the Livestrong organization.

“We are all flawed people. We all make mistakes. But this is about something more important than fame or a bicycle race.”

John Means, Oklahoma City

“Livestrong was his motto to beat cancer, and he did. That's what matters. If he cheated, then call him a cheater, but don't forget what it means to beat the C.”

Kelsi Bond, Tulsa

“Liestrong”

James Pratt, Edmond

“Lance cheated, but he also did a lot of really good things. I am still pro Lance Armstrong. Sad that he cheated, but still like him for all the good things he did with his fame. More than a lot of other celebrities.”


by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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