“I have worked really hard to separate Lance Armstrong from the Livestrong Foundation. Livestrong has done untold good in raising money for cancer research, providing excellent information on their website and encouraging those affected by cancer. I am grateful to those who work for the foundation. I pray that they are able to continue their work.”
She oversees the Coaches vs. Cancer program at Oklahoma State, which pairs young cancer patients with Cowboy and Cowgirl athletes among other things.
“I do have numerous wristbands from our CvC kiddos. I know the Livestrong bracelets were the inspiration (for those bracelets), but I stopped making that connection long ago.
“When I look at my wrist, I don't see a band. I see a face. I think of that particular child and recall a memory or say a prayer. It's a reminder that someone I love is facing a tough battle and whatever I face in my day is so insignificant compared to what they are going through.
“It's a way for me to show my support. I may not be able to cure cancer or make a difference in the life of the family, but it's a way to be connected, even in such a small way.
“If people ask me about the wristband, I tell them what I can about that child. It's one more person that may say a prayer or tell someone else. I love having those wristbands because it means I carry a piece of that child with me when they are going through a dark time. And when someone you love is fighting cancer, sometimes that's all you can do.”