Millmount goes gold for childhood cancer
ONE of Drogheda’s most prominent landmarks will be lighting up gold throughout the month of September to highlight Childhood cancer awareness month.
As part of the international campaign pioneered in the USA, buildings across the world will light up in gold lighting in September to highlight the issues affecting children with cancer and their families.
The issue is a particularly important one in Drogheda as a number of local families have been affected by childhood cancer in recent years.
This September has been a particularly big month for little Alice Turner, who not only celebrated her fifth birthday but also had her first day at Big School.
Alice was diagnosed with high rish neuroblastoma, a very rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, while still a toddler.
She has been in remission for the past two year after undergoing immunotherapy in America.
Alice’s friend, little Ryan Coyle from Duleek, also marked a milestone this September as he started preschool.
Ryan has also undergone treatment for neuroblastoma after he was diagnosed with the disease at the start of 2016.
Millmount is just one of a huge number of buildings around the country, including The Manions House in Dublin, Trim Castle and the Dublin Convention Centre, who will be lighting up gold to shine a much needed spotlight on childhood cancer. The iconic Black Bull will also be painted gold to mark the occasion for September.
Over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland. Childhood cancer is the biggest cause of death by disease in children in this country.
Laura Cullinan from the Childhood Cancer Foundation explains: ‘September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and while we work to raise awareness all year round, during September we join with other charities to focus on raising public awareness of childhood cancer as part of a global campaign. We are grateful to the owners and managers of so many buildings who have generously joined our Light It Up Gold campaign.’