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Building on Seneca & 9th to Turn Blue

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia MasonBenaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is one of a dozen buildings and monuments in the Puget Sound region that will be illuminated in blue the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 14, as part of the annual World Diabetes Day Blue Monument Challenge.

Since 2007, the International Diabetes Federation has encouraged iconic buildings and sites around the world to light in blue − the color of the blue circle for diabetes − marking World Diabetes Day Nov. 14 and raising awareness of diabetes. The lightings are testimony to the power of many diabetes-related organizations working to alter the diabetes landscape and attract attention to Seattle’s dedication to diabetes clinical care and research. More than 1,000 monuments and buildings in more than 80 countries have lit in blue for diabetes including the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and the Sphinx.

We want to make sure our neighbors on First Hill and the surrounding community are aware of this special event. The blue lighting on the Benaroya Research Institute building, located on the corner of Seneca Street and 9th Avenue, will begin at dusk Nov. 14, and end at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

This is Seattle’s second year participating in the blue monument challenge. For more information, please visit:

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Mike Sprouse, Virginia Mason Communications, (206) 583-6541,; or Emily Batts, Benaroya Research Institute Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Program, (206) 342-6939,


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