Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blue Jeans Awareness Ribbon

The blue jeans awareness ribbon is dedicated to helping find a cure for all sorts of genetic diseases.  Nearly 1 in 10 people are affected by rare and genetic orders.  Approximately 30% of children with these nearly invisible to the media and public syndromes will not see their first day in kindergarten.  Over 7,000 distinct rare and genetically related diseases are represented by this symbol.

The jeans ribbons is a poetic reference to malfunctioning genes associated with these disorders. The golden rivet in the center refers to the origin of jeans when Jacob Davis first used reinforced metal rivets to make hardy denim work pants - also known as jeans, first created sometime in the 1870s.  

The golden rivet also symbolizes the proverbial golden genetic thread that connects all of our lives.  It is reminder that we are all related to each other and share the same basic genetic blueprint.  And that strangers, friends and others are actually members of our family.  Furthermore the golden rivet distinguishes this blue ribbon symbol from the multitudes of other important causes that also utilize a blue ribbon.

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