In their own words: 'I own three Livestrong shirts and I will wear them tomorrow with pride.'

WHAT LIVESTRONG MEANS TO YOU NOW — Three people touched by cancer share their thoughts on the Livestrong bracelet.
by Jenni Carlson Published: January 20, 2013
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“I think that both Matt and I desperately wanted to believe that somehow Lance was innocent.

“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.”

Kendria Cost

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.”

by Jenni Carlson
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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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