Tuesday, May 6 marks the 6th annual celebration of Wishbone Day in recognition of people around the world living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bone Disease. Wishbone Day was started in Australia and has since grown into a global celebration of individuals living with OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta for short) and their families and friends. In honor of May 6, celebrations are planned throughout tomorrow and this past weekend to not only raise money for OI research but to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions of the OI community. Check out some of the celebrations that are happening to mark Wishbone day in 2014.
Perhaps the single most gesture made on May 6th is through the simple act of wearing or incorporating something yellow into one’s outfit. Yellow was chosen as the official color of Wishbone day because it represents the optimist spirit of so many people with OI and the “unbreakable” attitude many individuals with OI share as they face life through fractures and injuries.
Host your Family and Friends
Host a simple yellow-themed party with family and friends. A simple BBQ with yellow napkins or a bouquet of yellow daisies in the center of your table can bring attention to the OI cause while still having a fun social gathering. Do you know someone with OI living in your area? Considering hosting an OI get together to meet other people in your area facing similar challenges of living with the disability.
Tag your Event on Social Media
Show your support and use the hashtag #wishboneday on Facebook and Twitter to flag your photos of celebrations or selfies of you and your friends wearing yelling to show support for Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Check out the Wishbone Day page on Facebook to see all the social media hashtags. Get ideas for how you can plan your own celebration! Remember, every hashtag brings the OI cause to attention and helps raise awareness and garner support. Know someone with OI? Tag a photo of them or update your status in honor of someone you love living with OI. Raising awareness and support can make a difference, change an attitude or open up opportunities for yourself or a loved one with OI.
Learn Something New
Check out the OI Foundation website at www.oif.org to learn more about the OI disability community, research, and resources that are available. Learn more about Wishbone day at www.wishboneday.com.
What other ideas do you have to celebrate Wishbone Day? Have you already celebrated? Share in the comments!