Childhood Cancer Foundation is launching the third annual ‘Light It Up Gold’ campaign across the island of Ireland this week and buildings across Derry and Inishowen will be part of it.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the buildings will turn gold to shine a light on the bravery of children dealing with cancer.
They will join international landmarks such as the Niagara Falls, Times Square New York and Harbour Bridge in Texas to ‘light up gold’ for childhood cancer awareness.
The City Council offices and the Guildhall in Derry will light up gold for the whole month in support of the campaign, developed and run by the Childhood Cancer Foundation in the Republic of Ireland.
Maura Toner of Childhood Cancer Foundation states: “We are getting a great response from buildings across Ireland. Our goal this year is to have gold shining in 32 counties across Ireland.
“My own daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2007 and prior to that I was completely unaware of childhood cancer.
“ We are now working to ensure that everyone is aware. Increased awareness will improve early detection and increase understanding among policy makers and communities which will, hopefully, reduce the isolation of families going through childhood cancer treatment and side effects.”
Over 250 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland and childhood cancer is the biggest cause of death by disease in children here.
Maura said they are “delighted” that, after extensive campaigning,children diagnosed with cancer in the Republic of Ireland are now automatically entitled to a medical card for five years.
They are also are currently engaged in submissions for the National Cancer Strategy 2016-2020 and hope to have paediatric cancer recognised in the cancer strategy for the first time.