What color is your cause?

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JOANNE KOSEY

I care, you care, so we all wear wristbands. Those stretchy rubber bracelets are not just for show, they are a statement. I don't mean a fashion statement, although they seem to have made it to that plateau.

The first "band of caring" I noticed was worn by Lance Armstrong, bicycle rider and cancer survivor. It was yellow and available on-line. As the idea caught on, more stretchy bracelets in different colors made their way to wrists to identify the different causes their purchasers supported.

At one time it was easy to identify the cause by the color of the bracelet. Now there are so many causes and bracelets one doesn't know which ones are which. Some people are so supportive they have all the colors of the rainbow on their wrists.

Thus far, I am not wearing any stretchy bracelet on my wrist, although they would go with gold and silver I'm sure. I will admit having purchased two bands. One is yellow and intended to be worn until the troops all return home; I fear I would be wearing that one a long time.

My second purchase was for the Cubs; it says "Believe." It isn't to be taken off until the Cubs win the World Series, which also could be a long time.

Frankly, I support many of the causes identified on bands, mostly by monetary gifts. But with summer upon us, I will show my support for causes on my wrist.

Supporting causes "pre-wrist bands" was done outwardly by wearing ribbons that were looped and pinned strategically to one's clothing. It seemed at every awards show, presenters and honorees were wearing looped ribbons in favor of some cause or, many times, in opposition to something happening in the world.

This looping of ribbons has become quite a cottage industry and very therapeutic, if needed. I also am not wearing any ribbons at the present, although I have. Don't remember what color or why, but I have been on the band-wagon, so to speak.

Those of you who remember Tony Orlando and Dawn singing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" have to think this is where it all started. Now ribbons are tied not only on trees but on fences, car antennas or anywhere you can tie a ribbon.

Pass by a school and you will see red ribbons placed wherever they can be placed to signify drug awareness. Everyone can tie a bow, so don't be afraid to show your colors.

So there you have it, you can be fit to be tied, tied to be fit, tied to part of the group or you can band together in support by wearing a wrist band. Show your colors and show your support of whatever you wish the world will be a better place for it.

If you are looking for something to support the Betty Scheck Walk for Cancer will be happening soon in North Riverside read the Landmark for more information on this event. If they have wrist bands I'd be glad to purchase several.

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