Mill­mount goes gold for child­hood can­cer

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

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.’

Alice Turner

Ryan Coyle

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