Go Blue 4 Kids

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McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center celebrates April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month with “Go Blue 4 Kids.” This campaign extends through the month of April, beginning with the annual Go Blue 4 Kids Breakfast, and ending with Step Up 4 Kids, a certified 5K race and family fun run.

Why Do We Go Blue?

In 1989, Bonnie Finney, a grandmother in Virginia began the blue-ribbon campaign as a tribute to her three-year-old grandson who had died at the hands of abuse. Decades later, the blue ribbon continues to be a symbol of childhood abuse and neglect prevention across the United States.

Additionally, the blue pinwheel is a national symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention. It stands as an uplifting reminder that all children deserve a happy childhood and future. Purchasing a pinwheel helps us contribute to the lives of children directly in our community.

How Can You Go Blue?

Go Blue 4 Kids aims to raise awareness for the ongoing issue of child abuse and neglect, a topic that has lived in the dark for too long.

In order to shed some light on this growing epidemic, MRCAC invites Onondaga Community residents and businesses to join us in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month by going blue.

Go Blue at the Office:

  • Wear blue to work or decorate your office in blue to show support
  • Suggest a “Blue Jeans Day,” and raise money for participation
  • Turn your business’s building lights blue during the entire month of April as a visible commitment to ending child abuse in our community.
  • Blow Away a coworker, and we will surprise them with 25 pinwheels!
  • Share your activities @McMahonRyanCAC on social media and use #GoBlue4Kids
  • Throw your own event to raise money and support our cause


If you suspect that a child is being abused, call Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720