Saturday 24 February 2018

Landmarks to light up for cancer awareness

Alice and Lily Mae having fun.
Alice and Lily Mae having fun.

Fiona Magennis

A NUMBER of local landmarks have agreed to 'Light it up Gold' for the month of September to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

September is childhood cancer awareness month and the 'Light it up Gold' campaign is a worldwide event to mark this with buildings asked to illuminate their structures in gold for the month of September.

The 'Light it Up Gold' campaign is being supported locally by the parents of little Alice Turner, who is currently undergoing treatment for High Risk Neuroblastoma – the same rare disease that struck down Tiny Dancer Lily Mae Morrison.

Alice's Mum Lyndsey explained: 'Buildings across Ireland and the world will be lit up for the month of September and we are trying to help the campaign by getting some buildings in Drogheda to do the same. Millmount and the Barbican have already agreed to do it.'

Lyndsey said the family wanted to get involved in the campaign because Alice's story is so well known locally and they wanted to help in any way they could to highlight September as childhood cancer awareness month.

Last week, Alice met Lily Mae and her family and Lyndsey revealed she has had great support from Lily Mae's mum since Alice's diagnosis who, of course, understands and can empathise with what the Turner family is going through.

The Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre is also looking at backing the colour change.

Drogheda Independent

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