Given Armstrong’s fall, bracelets just don’t fit

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

As John Peterson states in Bella English’s “Off or on with the Livestrong bracelets” (Page A1, Nov. 13), Lance Armstrong’s charitable efforts have produced “some good things.” But, as Peterson suggests, many struggle to reconcile this with the cyclist’s fall into disgrace over performance-enhancing drugs.

The way I see it, Armstrong’s success was based on a massive fraud, and while this resulted in the founding of the Livestrong Foundation, the two are indelibly linked. Yes, the yellow band symbolizes some positives, but it will forever be closely tied to Armstrong’s downfall.


Perhaps Peterson, Senator John Kerry, and others who wear the bracelet should find a more meaningful way to support those afflicted with cancer.

Tom Ratcliffe


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