"M" on Box Springs Mountain Will Be Illuminated Blue in Recognition of Arthrogryposis Awareness Day
For immediate release: June 30, 2018
The "M" on Box Springs Mountain will be illuminated blue from dusk until midnight tonight in honor of those affected by arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), a congenital condition which affects one in every 3,000 births.
Arthrogryposis is defined as multiple congenital joint contractures or multiple joints that are stuck in one position and have very little flexibility. The condition is caused by an unborn baby not moving properly during fetal development. A baby has to move its limbs for proper joint development to happen.
AMC National Awareness Day, which is held every year on June 30, aims to raise awareness about the condition.
“People across the world will be wearing blue today in recognition of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita," said Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. "Moreno Valley is lighting the M blue in support of the families who are affected by AMC."
City Hall's LED lighting system on Box Springs Mountain for the 'M' is designed to enhance local events and provide a source of civic unity and pride. The default color will be white.
Lighting the ‘M’ promotes the City, its civic institutions, state and federal holidays, and other public events of community significance and times of celebration. The City may accept community requests for special lighting to recognize a specific cause or to commemorate or enhance a specific event. Non-profit and charitable organizations can request that the 'M' be illuminated in specific colors to elevate awareness of their cause.
Priority in choosing colors for the lights will be given to promoting events that celebrate the City, its civic institutions, City‑recognized holidays, public events and festivals. Requests to change the color or pattern of the 'M’s' decorative lights will be accommodated as dates are available. The City reserves the right to deny or modify requests.
Moreno Valley Utility, which serves nearly 6,000 residential and commercial electricity customers across the City, sponsors the lighting of the "M."
For more information, to see the lighting schedule or to submit a request please visit the City's website.
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