Brittle Bone Disease affects around 50,000 people in the nation including one little boy right here in the Ohio Valley.
Wednesday was Wishbone Day, a day to celebrate living with and raising awareness for Brittle Bone Disease.
Merrick Graves, a 7 year old at Steenrod Elementary School in Wheeling, has been living with osteogenesis imperfecta also known as Brittle Bone Disease.
On Wishbone Day Merrick’s classmates, decked out in yellow, learned all about his struggles with the disease and some of things he has to deal with.
“Each year, more and more people, it grows, they participate, they get more excited about the event to the point where some of them even remember it before I do and start planning ahead,” Lara Graves, Merrick’s mother. “It’s amazing that one child can really bring a whole community together and a whole school.”
His class learned to put casts on their favorite stuffed animals since Merrick has broken more than four dozen bones.
The biggest celebration of the day involved the entire school at Steenrod Elementary coming outside and releasing 300 yellow balloons, donated by Kroger.