October 22nd, 2007
An open letter to Lance Armstrong and Doug Ulman (CEO of the LAF),
I hold you two, and the entire LAF, responsible for the attached photo. After Lance mentioned (again) “more wristbands than I’ve ever seen on one person” at the LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin pre-ride dinner, Spencer decided he had to one-up himself. He scoured the house for leftover wristbands. He talked the folks at the mission tent at the Challenge into giving him two sacks filled with wristbands with the plan that he will give them away. He talked me into buying 20 more youth wristbands at the Challenge store. He picked up half a dozen more at the oncologist when he was in for an IV immunoglobulin on Wednesday.
Today is Spencer’s three year diagnosis anniversary and he is wearing 80 wristbands to school. He has more in reserve to “load up” again after he gives them away. This afternoon, he will attempt his martial arts class while wearing all those wristbands. Tomorrow, he will go to swim class “loaded up”. Do wristbands float? Thursday, he will wear them to his Cub Scout pack meeting and continue to give them away.
He also put Challenge tattoos on his forehead and forearms, in gross violation of school dress code. He did leave the Challenge hat at home today (also against dress code), but will wear it later this week when they have a one day exemption from the no hat rule. I’ll probably get a phone call from the principal or something today.
I hold the two of you, and the entire LAF, responsible.
Thank you. Both of you. All of you at the LAF.