Submitted Media Release
The lights have turned gold over the Paris Penman’s Dam from September 4 – 14, 2019 in honour of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“We want every child and family to be happy, healthy and safe. But for some, their journey is much more difficult,” said Mayor David Bailey. “The children and families who are battling cancer are so brave and strong. We want you to know the County of Brant is behind you.”
In Canada, 1,700 children and youths between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although strides in treatment and care have been made, childhood cancer is still the leading disease- related cause of death for Canadian children. At present over 10,000 children in Canada are living with cancer. While over 75% of children survive cancer, more than 50% of survivors of childhood cancer face late effects of their disease and treatment, including neurocognitive impairments, sterility and secondary cancers.
“There is a global movement to have monuments, signs, buildings and fountains light up gold in September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month,” said Beth Walsh from Help a Child Smile. “Within Ontario, the Peace Tower at Parliament Hill, the CN Tower, the Skylon Tower, Cambridge City sign, Burlington Pier, Niagara Falls and Hamilton City sign are among the many places who will Go Gold.”