Nadine Kirby, whose son David lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), knows that simply because a disease is “rare” does not mean it doesn’t deserve recognition. That’s why she created “Light it Up Green for Muscular Dystrophy” in 2014.
“I started Light it Up Green because I wanted to bring a new direction to muscular dystrophy awareness. I wanted to do something big and loud that would be really difficult for people to ignore,” says Nadine.
The Light It Up Green mission is to obtain city and state proclamations establishing the month of August as Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month. Additionally, the campaign goal is to “shine alight” by illuminating state capitol buildings or city and state landmarks lime green throughout the U.S. each August 4. Light it Up Green is a vehicle to increase awareness, funds for research and therapeutic advances to enhance the lives of all those living with and affected by neuromuscular disease.
“People light it up blue for autism awareness and pink for breast cancer, so I thought ‘why don’t we light something up for muscular dystrophy awareness,'” says Nadine.
In 2015, Light It Up Green received proclamations from 46 states and lightings in four states, which included Florida’s Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, the Miami Tower, Baltimore City Hall and the State Capitol building in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition, President Obama issued a letter of recognition.
In 2016, 47 states and 16 landmarks participated with proclamations and lightings to promote muscular dystrophy awareness.
This year there will be 60 lightings across the U.S. and Canada, notably including Navy Pier and the Wrigley Building in Chicago, Pennsylvania’s state capitol, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and the Nascar Hall of Fame.
Nadine is persistent about securing buildings to be lit up and for good reason.
“Awareness generates funds, funds generate research and research results in new methods of treatment with the hope of prolonging and in effect saving lives,” says Nadine.
Nadine was initially inspired to create Light It Up Green in honor of David; however,she also has become compelled to educate others about DMD and other neuromuscular diseases.
“I know so many people with so many types of these diseases and I think it’s really important to shine a light on all of the diseases. If we can increase awareness and educate the public hopefully people will become aware of the huge strides that have been made in neuromuscular disease research, especially with the new treatments,” shares Nadine.
Help raise awareness and funds for MDA today.
Check out the full list of 2017 Light It Up Green for Muscular Dystrophy building lightings below:
Alabama: Retirement Services Buildings Mobile & Montgomery
Arkansas: State Capitol
Delaware: Ben Franklin Bridge
Florida: Tallahassee City Hall; Jupiter Inlet Light House; Miami-Dade Historic Court House; Miami Tower and Sam P. Clark Center; Port St. Lucie City Hall , fountain and police station; City of Orlando Public Art Lighting; The Orlando Eye; Toy Vault Racing, West Palm Beach; Martin Health Systems North, South and Tradition campuses
Georgia: Douglasville City Hall
Illinois: Chicago Wrigley Building, BOMA Building, Navy Pier
Indiana: Bloomington City Hall
Louisiana: New Orleans Mercedes Benz Super Dome
Maryland: Baltimore City Hall
Mississippi: Children Services Building
Nebraska: Omaha Woodmen Life Tower
New Hampshire: Manchester Clock Tower
New Jersey: Union City Cultural Center and Municipal Buildings
New York: Jamestown Municipal Building, Alfred E Smith Building in Albany, Coney Island Parachute Ride, Yankee Stadium Billboard, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Peace Bridge U.S to Canada, Mount Loretta Church in Staten Island
North Carolina: Wells Fargo Energy Center, Nascar Hall of Fame, Reid Wilson Racing
Ohio: Dukes Energy Center in Cincinnati, Cleveland – Terminal Tower
Oklahoma: Muskogee City Hall, Sky Dance Bridge
Pennsylvania: State Capitol, Stone Bridge Project, Allentown City Hall
South Dakota: State Capitol Rotunda
Tennessee: RJ Corman Rail Road Bridge
Virginia: Governor’s Mansion
West Virginia: Elks River Bridge, The West Virginia Building, the City of Huntington
Wisconsin: Waukesha City Hall – High Level Bridge
Edmonton, BC: Place Stadium
Vancouver:Peace Bridge from US to Canada