The story behind 'Light It Up Blue Delaware'

By Mellany Armstrong 11:09am, April 10, 2014 - Updated 12:39pm, April 10, 2014
Memorial Hall bathed in blue
Meet the man who's helping to turn buildings blue in Delaware in April.

Mellany Armstrong has more in WDEL's Delaware Stories.

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You've probably noticed a lot of blue buildings this month in Delaware, or people wearing blue. It's the work of Tom Windley, chairman of Light It Up Blue Delaware.

"My oldest daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with autism in 2006," he said.

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Windley and other families affected by autism noticed a couple of years ago that Delaware just wasn't blue enough.

"There were buildings being lit up blue and institutions and businesses participating in the 'Light it Up Blue' initiative all over the world, and we didn't have any in Delaware," he said.

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So they started writing letters to businesses asking to put blue lights on at night, and getting everyone they knew to wear blue.

"Businesses have customers or employees, or institutions have people affiliated with them, who have children, family members or close friends who are affected by autism," Windley said.

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Windley urges people to get more information about autism because the statistics are alarming.

"One in 68 children are now being diagnosed with autism around our country," he said.

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