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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Light it up in gold

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:44

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SEPTEMBER is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and to mark this a 'Light it Up Gold' campaign has been organised.

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Key landmark buildings around Ireland, such as Greystones Harbour, The Mansion House, the Dublin Convention Centre, the Firkin Crane (Cork) and many buildings in Letterkenny and across Donegal will 'light up gold' for the first week of September to raise awareness for the cause. Gold is the official colour of Cancer Awareness Month.

The goal is to raise funds to finish St John's cancer ward in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin to replace the inadequate facilities with a modern and properly resourced ward fit for the 1,200 children who are treated in the cancer unit every year, and to support the excellent staff that are caring for our children in substandard conditions.

A spokesperson for Light it Up Gold said: 'We are parents who have children with cancer, treated in St John's Ward, Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin. We represent children and families in treatment, those in remission and the heroes who lost their battle against this deadly disease. Since our children have no voice, we need to fight for them. Whilst survival rates have improved, we need to challenge the perception that childhood cancer is rare and curable, and that little more needs to be done.

'We are working in cooperation with the Children's Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) to help raise funds to finish St John's cancer ward in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Funding is needed to replace the inadequate facilities with a modern and properly resourced ward fit for the 1200 children who are treated in the cancer unit every year, and to support the excellent staff that are caring for our children in substandard conditions.'

The Light it Up Gold campaign was launched at a candle lit vigil on Saturday August 31at the Mansion House,. Families and children affected by childhood cancer in the past or presently are welcome to attend. Anyone who wants to show support for the battle that children diagnosed with childhood cancer face is also welcome.

The week's events will culminate with a 'Golden Ball' in the Gibson Hotel on September 7. Tickets for the ball are €60 and can be purchased by contacting events@lightitupgold.ie.

All funds from the ball and charity raffle will be going to the Children's Medical and Research Foundation(CMRF) which coordinates all fundraising for Our Lady's Children's Hospital.

For more information log onto www.lightitupgold.ie or check out the Facebook page, Light it Up Gold.

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