Happy Wishbone Day!

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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.

Join us in making Wishbone Day bigger every year. Consider this your personal invitation to take Wishbone Day on as your own.

Get Involved

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Socialise

  • Help Wishbone Day stand out on on Twitter or Facebook or Pinterest.  Join conversations by including Wishbone Day in your Osteogenesis Imperfecta awareness raising by using the @WishboneDay or #WishboneDay tags or repin items on Pinterest!

Promote us

  • Put a Wishbone Day promo button on your webpage, blog or myspace page. Get the code.
  • 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.
  • Link Wishbone Day to your email. Include http://www.wishboneday.com in your email signature telling others that you support Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness!

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!

Learn more

source: http://www.wishboneday.com

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  • The Shriners are amazing, and it's an amazing organization! I'm glad you wrote about your experience Jess, I actually had no understanding of OI at all prior to reading your post. You are right that raising awareness is so important. There are people like you who can do just that, and there are people like me who can give a few pennies once in a while for a good cause. My business is able to donate a little to the hospital each year, and I'm real proud of that. Where do I go if I can donate specifically to OI? Thanks for telling me a little about what makes you YOU!

    • Thanks Amy for the KIND words! :) Since Wishbone Day is not a fundraising event, all Wishbone Day supporters are asked to be creative in bringing positive awareness to their community about the lives of people living with OI. If you would like to donate, I appreciate donations going to Shriners, specifically the Chicago Unit. :) Again, I thank you for your AWESOME comment! :)

  • Well then, Chicago unit it is!

    • Aww…thank-you SO much!! :) You're awesome!

  • Jess, I can't really take credit, it's my business that donates. If I don't spend it the government will take it, and they don't always spend my tax money the way I like. How fun is it though to get to choose a place to put it instead! I have always chosen the Shriners, because I do my research and refuse to give away hard earned money that will land in a millionaires pocket. Many of the "children's" organizations are scams. Not for profit doesn't mean the employees work for free. There is usually a very wealthy CEO or president who gets more of the money than the cause. Shriners is one of the only organizations I was able to find who puts money where it belongs. Also, I liked that they don't have an income maximum cutoff. I could never qualify for any type of income based free program, but I still struggle to pay medical bills and health insurance. I like to know that ALL children are eligible for care.

    • You have a great point Amy! I'm just glad you've chosen Shriners as a charity to support! :)

  • ashley @ sunnysidesh

    Shriners is awesome as they helped and continue to help my nephew Caiden with surgeries and care for his cleft lip and cleft palate! What a wonderful organization!

    And although we always have to be super gentle with you, you're one tough cookie!! I'm so excited to officially join your family very soon and have you as a "real" sister! You're one of the smartest people I know, and one of the most talented!! Thanks for all of our hardwork on Sunday! It was a BEAUTIFUL day and I can't tell you how much we were over the moon for everything you, Sam, and our families did!

    And Happy Wishbone day, Claudia!!

    • Aww, thanks!! :) Make me blush!!

  • Hi Plucky! Frist time at your party! What an awesome place to be! I was already following you on FB and now I follow you on Pinterest and G+! Thank You so much for hosting the party. The Wishbone concept is such a great one i will definitely check the site out and learn more about this so I can spread the word. Have a beautiful week!

    • Thanks for the awesome comment, Lizy! So glad to have you here! :)

  • Wow! I've never broken a single bone. I guess I am really lucky! Thanks for spreading the word about this – I had no idea about Wishbone Day

    • Glad I could inform you on a great cause! :) Thanks for the visit!

  • I can't imagine how difficult it must have been growing up with this disease! Thanks for educating us. :)

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