What is International CVS Awareness Day?
This event routinely happens on March 5th, of any given year. International Awareness Day is an opportunity for everyone affected by CVS to help raise awareness. There are many ways to raise awareness and you can help! Below are a few examples of what has been done in the past to raise awareness and celebrate CVS awareness.
International CVS Awareness Day 2022
March of 2022 CVSA and a handful of volunteers who were able to aid in getting bridges, buildings, and iconic places to light up in blue to “Light up Awareness of the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome”.
In Recognition of International Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Awareness Day, held on March 5th, 2022, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board agreed to light up both the U.S. and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls with blue to help support of raising awareness of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome!
Special thanks to the Niagara Falls Illumination Board for their participation in this event!
If you’d like to see Niagara Falls light up for CVS Awareness, you can view a recording of it on the CVSA YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx0F9phkTUY&ab_channel=CyclicVomitingSyndromeAssociation
Other places that lit up blue to support CVS Awareness Day:
- Zakim Bridge (MA)
- Longfellow Bridge (MA)
- Fore River Bridge (MA)
- Burns Bridge (MA)
- Gilbert Water Tower (AZ)
- SkyDance Bridge (OK)
- High Level Bridge (Edmonton, Canada)
- Capella Tower (MN)
- Mayo Clinic (MN)
- Target Field (Minnesota Twins) (MN)
Light-Ups in the UK Provided by CVSA UK:
- Gateshead Milennium Bridge (Gateshead, UK)
- Eastgate Tower (Chester, UK)
- St. David’s Cathedral (Haverfordwest, UK)
Here are some ways that people have participated:
- Lighting up their houses blue
- Sharing the event on social media channels
- Wearing International Awareness Day Shirts from the CVSA bonfire store.
- Submitting requests for buildings, bridges, and other places near them and sharing approvals with CVSA.
- Suggesting places that CVSA could request light up, and share them with CVSA
- Wear blue
- Wear a blue ribbon
- Dye your hair blue
- Host a local meet-up or fundraiser with social distancing precautions
- Take pamphlets or brochures to doctors and ER waiting rooms
- Present information to classes or medical groups
- Volunteer for groups that are raising awareness and education for CVS
- Donate to groups raising awareness and education for CVS
Some of these can be done year-round!
Don’t forget that the best way to share awareness of CVS is to share your story.
Social media has helped bring more recognition to all kinds of issues and conditions. We would like to encourage you to share your story. There are many ways and platforms for you to do that. You can share your story on social media. Consider creating a Facebook Fundraiser benefiting the work that CVSA does, share your story on it, and ask your friends and family to share. CVSA also has a “Share Your Story” page where you can share your CVS journey in words, pictures, and videos; you can update it at any time. It is a user-friendly interface where templates have already been set up, you just need to fill in your story and update it as you please. Then share it with your family and friends via email or social media.
Visit: https://www.classy.org/campaign/share-your-story/c331675 to get started.
Whatever you choose to do, and whenever you choose to do it, we want to hear about it. Send us an email (email@example.com) or share what you do on social media. Don’t forget to tag CVSA and use the hashtag #CVSAwareness.
International Awareness Day 2021
In 2021, CVSA is encouraging everyone to use our #oneword printable to share your own word to describe CVS. After you print it and write your one word. Please consider sharing it on social media and tag CVSA so we can share it on our page as well. Find the #oneword printable here.