Lighting honors children lost to cancer, plus survivors, families & health care workers battling disease
√ Pediatric cancer remains leading cause of death by disease for American children younger than 15 years old
Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced 15 landmarks and bridges across New York will be illuminated in yellow this evening in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. That includes Niagara Falls.
Hochul’s team said, “The campaign focuses on remembering the young lives lost to pediatric cancer, honoring those families and health care workers battling this disease, and recommitting to finding a cure once and for all.”
Hochul said, "There's no understating the pain and anguish that confronts a family when a child is diagnosed with cancer. This month, we are redoubling our efforts to fight pediatric cancer and support those who are impacted by this awful disease. As we illuminate our state landmarks tonight, I urge all New Yorkers to honor those children lost to cancer each year, and provide warm encouragement to the many others fighting this awful disease."
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said, "Coping with cancer at any age is hard, but especially when it's a child. During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we reflect on the young lives lost to cancer, comfort those families facing this diagnosis, and honor the health care providers who fight this disease while compassionately caring for these young patients. The Department of Health is raising awareness of and support for cancer prevention policies in our local communities through the department's Community Cancer Prevention in Action program to help reduce the number of cancer cases, especially pediatric cancers."