Brant County is going to light up the Penman's Dam in Paris for 10 days to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
PARIS - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
To commemorate this the County of Brant has the lights turned gold over the Paris Penman's Dam from September 4 - 14th. Mayor David Bailey says this is just a way to show their support.
“We want every child and family to be happy, healthy and safe. But for some, their journey is much more difficult. 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.”
Right now in Canada over 1,700 children and youth under the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer every year. Childhood cancer is still the leading cause of death for kids in Canada. Over 10,000 children are currently living with cancer with a survival rate of 75 percent. 50 percent of of survivors of childhood cancer face late effects of their disease and treatment, including neurocognitive impairments, sterility and secondary cancers.
Beth Walsh from Help a Child Smile says there is a global movement right now to have monuments, signs, buildings and fountains light up gold in September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“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.”