Stay Positive wristbands was started by Eric Day, a two-time brain cancer survivor. At age 19, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that, if not immediately operated on, would kill him. During his month long stay in the hospital, he suffered a stroke, a seizure, and underwent a second surgery. A year later, doctors discovered that his tumor was growing again, and he spent three months at the Jill’s House in Bloomington, Indiana, undergoing proton radiation therapy five days a week. During his time there, he met a little girl named Allison who changed the trajectory of his life forever. They became fast friends, and he was awed by her positive outlook and happy spirit despite her cancer diagnosis at such a young age. She reminded him to “stay positive” each time he left for treatment. He took her words to heart and decided to start Stay Positive by taking 50 wristbands to Butler University where he was a student. From there, the organization took off. Today there are bands in all 50 states and 17 countries. Eric continues to spread the brand’s message through speaking engagements across the United States. 100% of the proceeds generated by Stay Positive are donated to individuals and their families who are undergoing treatment for cancer or serious illnesses or hardships.
“You can’t always control what happens to you in life, but you can control your attitude. Stay positive.” -Eric Day