Dress in Blue Day
History of Dress in Blue Day
The Dress in Blue Day program was started in March of 2006 by a Colon Cancer Alliance volunteer and survivor, Anita Mitchell. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of screening, Anita worked with her children's local K-8 Catholic school and parents to coordinate a recognition day.
On that day, students, who normally wore a uniform to school, were allowed to wear blue if they donated a dollar to colon cancer research. To promote the event, Anita sent a notice to each of the 500 families at the school, letting them know about the special day and included some simple screening guidelines for the parents. When the children came to school on Dress in Blue Day, they were each given a blue ribbon, signifying their participation.
In 2007, Anita dedicated Dress in Blue Day to her friend, Carmen, and all others who had lost their fight against colon cancer. In addition, Anita received a proclamation from the Mayor declaring it Dress in Blue Day for the city of Seattle.
In 2009, as Co-Founder of Colon S.T.A.R.S. of Seattle, Anita worked with the Colon Cancer Alliance to build national recognition for this event.