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Mansfield ISD's Colors for Caring Day: A Way to Show Community Support

Sep 29, 2017 05:54PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the Mansfield ISD website.

Colors for Caring is an initiative that was started to visibly show community support for a loved one who is battling or has battled cancer. 

Dr. Jim Vaszauskas

This initiative was originally started by Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas in 2015. He received treatment for a form of thymoma cancer in 2013 and it ended up returning once more in 2015. Thankfully, the cancer was detected early, it wasn't spreading, and it was relatively small—about the size of a quarter. Dr. V had the surgery in the summer of 2015 and returned for the 2015-16 school year. 

Dr. Vaszauskas was so grateful for the support he received during his stint with thymoma cancer that he was felt inspired to start the Colors for Caring initiative. His passion lies strongly with spreading the power of community support because he knows firsthand how much of an impact it makes on someone struggling.

Cancer affects millions of people each year, and Mansfield ISD wants each person affected to know that they do not stand alone. MISD is continuing its Colors for Caring initiative this year to visibly show community support for a loved one who is battling or has battled cancer.

On the first Monday of each month in the 2017-18 school year, Mansfield ISD is encouraging the community to wear a color that represents a cancer that affected the life of a loved one. 

(View a cancer color chart here)

The Colors for Caring Days for 2017-18 are:

  • Courtesy of Mansfield ISD

    Monday, September 11
  • Monday, October 2
  • Monday, November 6
  • Monday, December 4
  • Monday, February 5
  • Monday, March 5
  • Monday, April 2
  • Monday, May 7

Be sure to share your Colors for Caring pictures by emailing them to or using the hashtag #ColorsforCaring on social media.

All of your #ColorsforCaring photos will be added to the district’s photo gallery.

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