What is Wishbone Day? Celebrating Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness Day

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease. It is a rare genetic disorder that most commonly causes bones to break easily. Every May 6th, thousands of people all over the world proudly wear yellow to bring awareness of the amazing individuals who live with the disorder. Individuals like my son also may endure many surgeries over their lifetime. This is in addition to years of occupational and physical therapy. Depending on the severity of the disorder, people may also experience breathing problems, short stature, and limited mobility. 

“Fragile but Feisty”

Despite the challenges, individuals with OI have an amazing spirit of positivity. In fact “Fragile but Feisty” is the slogan for those with OI. Since 2010, T-shirts and other Wishbone Day promotional items have proudly promoted the slogan “Fragile but Feisty”. Since then, Wishbone Day has become more well known and accepted as an internationally recognized day. The Wishy logo, seen above, is on many promotional items to bring awareness to this day. 

Why Yellow?

Yellow is the color of Wishbone day because it symbolizes optimism and hope. It’s a promise of a positive future. Sometimes you may see blue shirts, ribbons and other products that portray OI symbolism. This usually is reserved for fundraising activities for OI. Yellow, because of it’s positive and bright nature, is reserved for  OI awareness.

How can you bring awareness to Wishbone day?

Simply post pictures or yourself and anyone else wearing the yellow OI shirts. Post the pictures to social media with the hashtag #WishboneDay. 

Learn More

To learn more about Wishbone Day and the amazing people that battle this condition every day see www.wishboneday.com

 

Dawn Shreeve
Dawn Shreeve is an adoptive mother of four special needs kiddos; long-time educator, beach lover, and advocate of all things adoption. Dawn holds a BS in Psychology from Oral Roberts University and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas. She currently serves as a Tinkergarten Leader in the South Shore area and is a Co-Founder of Seas The Connection, an organization who works to bring relaxing retreats to Adoptive and Foster moms. Dawn, her husband Michael and kids moved to the Tampa Bay area in December of 2016 and love living near the beach in such in such a rich multicultural area