Dress in Blue Day
Dear [insert Governor, Mayor, etc.],
I am writing to encourage you to issue a Proclamation declaring March 2, 2012 as National Dress in Blue Day™ in [insert City/State]. By taking this action you will help the Colon Cancer Alliance bring greater awareness to colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
The Dress in Blue Day program is held on the first Friday of March and kicks off March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Dress in Blue Day is held in communities throughout the nation as a way to show support in the fight against this disease and to get people talking about the importance of colon cancer screening.
Every ten minutes a life is lost to colon cancer. This year alone, 142,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed, and nearly 50,000 deaths are expected. The good news is that, during routine screening, many cases of colon cancer can be detected early, when treatment is most effective, or even prevented. Polyps removed early enough never have a chance to develop into cancer.
The Dress in Blue Day program began in 2006 when, Anita Mitchell, a Colon Cancer Alliance volunteer, survivor, and co-founder of Colon S.T.A.R.S. of Seattle wanted to find an effective way to honor a friend who had recently passed away from colon cancer and recognize others who are fighting this disease. In 2009, the Colon Cancer Alliance, excited by the idea, worked with the group to bring national recognition to Dress in Blue Day.
We encourage you to recognize Friday, March 2 as Dress in Blue Day in [city/state]. Your support will raise awareness among [Name city] residents about colon cancer and how screening can fight this disease.
Enclosed please find draft language for a Proclamation. Thank you for your consideration.
[Insert Your Name/Signature]
Dress in Blue Day™
WHEREAS, (State/City/County) celebrates Dress in Blue Day to bring greater awareness to colon cancer; and
WHEREAS, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States; and
WHEREAS, 1 in 19 people will develop colon cancer and every 10 minutes a life is lost to the disease; and
WHEREAS, this year alone, 142,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer will be diagnosed in America and nearly 50,000 deaths are expected; and
WHEREAS, a simple screening test is recommended to individuals over age 50 and those with a family history to help combat the disease; and
WHEREAS, the (State/City/County) has joined with the Colon Cancer Alliance in an effort to increase screening and save lives in (Name State) and across the country; and
WHEREAS, education and increased awareness can help inform the public of methods of prevention and the early detection of colon cancer; and
WHEREAS, through recommended screenings, this cancer can be caught early when treatment is most effective; and
WHEREAS, the Dress in Blue Day program, held on Friday, March 2, 2012 will help bring greater awareness to the disease and the importance of being screened; and
NOW THEREFORE, I do hereby proclaim March 2, 2012 to be Dress in Blue Day in the City of (Name City) and encourage all individuals to work together to promote awareness and understanding of colon cancer and the need for screening to eradicate the disease.