More than 23 landmarks and bridges across the state will glow blue Monday night to bring to honor colon cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease.
The Lowry Avenue and the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis will be bathed in blue from dusk Monday until dawn Tuesday as will the Foshay Tower and the Mayo Clinic Square as part of a month-long awareness campaign. Gov. Mark Dayton and governors from across the nation have proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the nation’s No. 2 cancer killer in the United States according to the Edina-based Colon Cancer Coalition, which is leading the effort to encourage screening and raising awareness about the cancer
About one in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime and one in seven of those will be diagnosed under the age of 50. In Minnesota, approximately 70 percent of the eligible adult population has been screened for colorectal cancer. Increasing that by just one percentage point means an additional 10,000 Minnesotans would be screened for this preventable cancer, and saving lives in the process, the coalition said.
Here are the bridges and landmarks in Minnesota that will glow blue Monday night.
- 35W Bridge over the Mississippi River
- Lowry Ave Bridge
- Foshay Tower, 821 S Marquette Avenue S.
- Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Avenue S.
- 1st Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street
- Minnesota Governor's Residence, 1006 Summit Avenhe
- Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson Street
- HealthPartners, 8170 33rd Avenue S.
- Colon Cancer Coalition at Edina Commons, 5610 Lincoln Drive