August 31, 2017 – This September, many London landmarks will be lit up in gold in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the gold ribbon as its symbol. Among those that will be glowing over the next few weeks are City Hall, the Fountain at the Forks, the London Convention Centre, JA Taylor Building, and Sifton’s and London Life’s buildings.
“It is so meaningful for the children and families who are coping with childhood cancer to see the City of London and these local businesses showing their support in such a visible way,” says Childcan Executive Director, Kathleen Barnard. Childcan is a London-based charity that provides a variety of programs and services for families who have received this devastating diagnosis.
“Over 10,000 Canadian children are currently affected by some form of cancer”, says Barnard. “With much less research funding than other cancers, it is critical to bring attention not just to the prevalence, but also to the long-term, life-altering side effects of paediatric cancers and their treatments.”
With last year’s official recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this is the perfect time to do that. Childcan will be working to increase awareness and community support throughout September with a variety of fund- and awareness-raising events and activities.
“We’ll end the month with our annual 10,000 Paces for 10,000 Faces walk on September 29,” says Barnard. “Last year, we were able to raise significant funds for the paediatric oncology research unit at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital, and we hope to fund that and many of our financial, emotional and social support programs through this year’s event.”
Those that are interested in getting involved can visit www.childcan.com/walk for more details.