When tragedy strikes a family or a community, people naturally want to help those in need. One way to do that is to buy custom wristbands with a personalized message of support.
Wristbands Teach Nebraska Community about Myeloma
A purple wristband worn by a man in Grand Island, NE, led to many conversations. Stricken by the cancer himself, Glenn Potter began wearing his purple Myeloma wristband soon after he was diagnosed with the disease. Potter used his silicone bracelet as a conversation starter, both to help raise awareness of the disease and to support other people suffering from it. Part of a support group to help others with the disease, Potter was receiving regular chemotherapy treatments to keep the disease in check. Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells that originates in the bone marrow. There is no cure for myeloma, but treatments have led to people living longer with it.
Potter saw himself as an ambassador for educating people about myeloma. His wristband reminded him of his mission, and helped other people feel less isolated by the disease. Garrett's daughter was reported as saying that her dad often was one of the first people a person who was newly diagnosed with myeloma would talk to. She said her father received calls from myeloma patients all across the country and he stayed on the line until people had all their initial questions answered. Nearly 15 years after his original diagnosis, Potter died of complications from myeloma last year. He was buried wearing his faded bracelet. Many people close to Potter were given their own burgundy bracelets to start new conversations about myeloma.
Wristband Sales Raise Money for Wounded Soldiers
On the other side of the world, at a supermarket in Potters Bar, UK, wristbands were sold to raise money in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby. Customers made donations and purchased it to raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity that supports wounded soldiers. Customers were able to make donations and buy them. Customer services team leader Jas Rehal was reported as saying, “We wanted to show our support for this great cause by doing our bit and raising money."
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