Today is the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Until Alexander was diagnosed I was unaware of this. It is not as well none as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but there are many people who are trying to change that.
My Friend Tony, also a dad to an Angel is working hard at this. Before his son Cole died, he promised him he would do something “BIG”. The past year, he has been working hard to get every state to “GO GOLD” Right now there are 30 that have pledged to declare September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!
He and others have also worked to have places LIGHT UP in GOLD at some point in the month. Here is a list of what will be happening!
2o places that will be lighting or displaying gold in the U.S.A.
The Prudential Building, The Zakim Bridge, The Atlantic Wharf, Woburn City Hall, Sandown Town Hall, Fenway Park, The GM Headquarters Building, Fort Worth City Hall, The Chesapeake Building, Sundance Square, Houston City Hall, The Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls, Jacksonville City Hall, The Freedom Tower, The Ben Franklin Bridge, The Battleship New Jersey, The Duke Energy Center Building, The Liberty Bridge, The Scope Arena Fountains.
30 states that have declared “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oregon, South Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia, Missouri, Utah, New York, Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan, Arkansas, Montana.
20 Places + 30 States = 50 Reasons to “Smile, Be Happy!”
If you are on Facebook, you can follow his page:
My city of Woburn will be GOING GOLD on September 5th.
7:00 Acoustic music with John Murphy
7:30 pm – Speakers: Mayor Scott Galvin, Tony Stoddard & Nancy Whipple.
7:45 – Approximate time of lighting (or when dark).
Come show your support, whether you have a child that was affected by cancer, or know someone who has. Woburn would like to spread awareness. With Awareness, comes funding, and with funding comes research. With research comes a cure.
We welcome your entire family to join us! Bring your girl & boy scout troops! Please invite your friends and spread the word. Wear your Gold, make a sign to spread awareness, and remember a loved one.
GPS address: 10 Common St, Woburn, MA 01801
A few weeks ago, I wrote an e-mail to Dan Rea, who hosts “Nightside” on WBZ 1030. I asked him if he would be willing to do a show, or even just part of a show on Childhood Cancer Awareness. HE called me, and said YES!!!! Next Tuesday, September 3, I will be on the 9pm hour along with Alexander’s Oncologist! He said he gets all sorts of requests, but that Alexander’s story really moved him! For those friends that are outside of the Boston Area, do not fear – there is an App for that! Download one of the many Radio apps, and search for 1030. I think you can also listen online as well. I
The ultimate hope is that one day, the GOLD Ribbon will be as recognizable as the Pink Ribbon now is for Breast Cancer Awareness. We know it won’t happen over night, but one day at a time it will be done!!