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Phony Plastic Wristbands a Growing Problem

Monday, June 13, 2005

What Does Your Bracelet Mean?

Black - Melanoma

Blue - Prostate Cancer

Burgundy - Multiple Myeloma

Clear - Lung Cancer

Dark Blue - Colon Cancer

Gold - Childhood Cancers

Grey - Brain Cancer

Kelly Green - Kidney cancer

Lavender - General Cancer Awareness

Lime Green - Lymphoma

Orange - Leukemia

Peach - Uterine Cancer

Pink - Breast Cancer

Purple - Pancreatic Cancer

Teal - Ovarian Cancer

Mauve - Overcooked Pasta

Teal and White - Cervical Cancer

Blue - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Distonia, Interstitial Cystisis, Reye's Syndrome, Inappropriate Erections

Gray - Aphasia, Allergies, Asthma, Brain Tumor, Diabetes, Mental Illness, Multiple Sclerosis, Emphysema, Parkinson's Disease, Lung Disease

Green - Childhood Depression, Kidney Transplant, Depression, Lyme Disease

Light Blue - Scleroderma, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Graves Disease

Light Blue or Purple - Irritable Bowel

Orange - Leukemia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Pink - Hodgkin's Disease

Purple - Alzheimers, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Fibromyalgia, Macular Degeneration, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lupus, Rhett Syndrome, Sarcoidosis

Red - Aids, HIV, Heart Disease

White - Retinoblastoma, bracelet fatigue

Yellow - Liver Disease, Endometriosis, Spinal Bifida

Burgundy - Cesarean Section, Headache

Gray - Disabled Children

Orange - Self-Injury

Black - Gang Prevention, Mourning

Turquoise - Getting Republicans out of the closet

Black and White - Remembering the Dead

Blue - Education, Victims Rights, Water Quality

Burgundy - Hospice Care

Green - Environment, Genocide in Darfur, Mental Retardation, Organ Donation, Tissue Donation, Worker Safety

Light Blue - Eating Disorders, Legality of Abortion, Tsunami Tragedy

Light Blue or Teal - Sexual Assault, Substance Abuse

Orange - Cultural Diversity, Hunger

Olive Green - Support for U.S. Troops

Purple - Domestic Violence, Foster Care

Red - D.U.I., Military Families

White - Child Exploitation, Peace, Anti-Abortion Legality

Yellow - Missing Children, Suicide

Green Orange - Nonprofit Organizations, Supporting Gang Voilence

Gray - YOPA (Young Onset Parkinson's Association)

Red - D.A.R.E.

Sea Green - Spatulas

(SNN London) Last week, the Trading Standards Institute, a UK consumer protection group, addressed a disturbing and growing trend: counterfeit bracelets. It is estimated that 23 million of these bracelets have been sold in the UK alone.

The worldwide appeal for charity wristbands started with the launch of the yellow Livestrong bracelet in aid of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, set up by the six times Tour de France winner to highlight his crusade against cancer. They have become increasingly popular as celebrities have started to wear them to raise awareness of various causes.

Recent official reports as well as journalistic investigations have found counterfeiters selling the fake bracelets all over England. In addition to the selling of fake bracelets, some vendors are actually selling the charitable items for higher costs and pocketing the profit.

Bryan Lewin, the Trading Standards Institute's lead officer for counterfeiting urges people to buy wristbands from official outlets such as registered charity websites, well-known high street retailers and charity shops. He did not, however, explain why the elevation of the store came into play.

This disturbing news comes when critics have already started to fire upon the makers of magnetic “Support Our Troops” ribbons. Many people believe that when the Chinese manufactured the original red and yellow ribbons and wrote “Support Our Troops”, they actually meant that they wanted us to support their troops. Some go as far as to say that the Chinese do not support our troops at all.

But Hung Ho, the owner of a factory in China appeals to Americans to keep buying magnetic ribbons. “I made these ribbons because it is important support freedom everywhere.” Mr. Ho told us that if Americans stopped buying the ribbons, he would likely have to let many of his workers go. He may also have to trade his Mercedes for a Buick, but only as a last resort because “American cars are crap.”

So if you are traveling to England, it would probably be best to stay away from the charity bracelets, just like you do with the beef or kippers.

Fitting that the band for prostate cancer is "blue".
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