What is Wishbone Day?
Wishbone Day is an international community awareness effort for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as ‘brittle bones’.
Why am I celebrating Wishbone Day? I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta! Yep, it’s true; I was the child that was at the ER at midnight some nights because I fell and broke a bone. I actually have broken about 50 bones in my lifetime, not counting the 20+ broken bones I had at birth. This was something that my parents were not prepared with as my sister was born completely healthy; however they immediately knew something was wrong when I was born and therefore I was immediately rushed to Children’s Hospital for evaluation. In 1983, Osteogenesis Imperfecta wasn’t exactly well-known or common. I was lucky enough to be given the chance to become a Shriner’s kid at age three. To this day, Shriner’s means a lot to me. They specialize in a lot of things, but Osteogenesis Imperfecta is one of them. They helped me out more than you can even imagine. The doctors, nurses, and hospital in Chicago was pretty much a second home to me until I was 21 and I will forever be grateful to them. :) As a baby, I was carried around on a egg-crate foam so I would not break something. My parents/family could not hold me like a normal baby; sometimes I would even sneeze/cough and end up breaking something. Since birth I have also had four rodding surgeries to straighten and strengthen my legs and arms. I have also been in a wheelchair my whole life. On the plus side? I have not broken a bone since I was 17 and I’m now 30. :) OI does not define me as a person, but it is a part of me while also being something that I would not change; the experiences have made me who I am today.
Why is Wishbone Day Important?
“Because awareness makes a difference!”
Apart from the yellow and the Wishbone Day phrase, people and organizations are invited to express Wishbone Day in their own way. Each expression will be a unique contribution to this worldwide community awareness effort.
Through positive awareness we will bring action to those areas within our communities that could use some extra attention. Wishbone Day is not a fundraising event.
- Challenge your friends/family/colleagues to do something unique!! Sharing is caring. http://www.wishboneday.com/
Download the Wishbone Day poster and display at your work, school, community notice board, library, doctors surgery, shopping centre, gym, child care centre, university, sports club, etc.
Go Yellow on Wishbone Day
- Wear a Wishbone Day t-shirt or a bumper sticker to raise awareness about Osteogenesis Imperfecta. You can buy awareness raising merchandise at www.cafepress.com/wishboneday (funds raised through the sale of Wishbone Day merchandise will support OI community building initiatives) or if you’d prefer to make your own for your immediate family or friends you can download the Wishbone Day logo here.
- Have a Yellow Wishbone Day party!