Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Official Residence in Princeton, illuminated in gold Monday evening September 21st to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

Photo Credit: NJ Office of Information Technology

 

Trenton, NJ – The “Go-Gold” movement is being advanced by organizations such as Go4theGoal and The Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation, two New Jersey-based non-profits recognized by First Lady Mary Pat Christie and the New Jersey Heroes Foundation for their work in providing resources to patients and families affected by childhood cancer.

“Having a child diagnosed with cancer is a heart-wrenching experience for any family,” said Mrs. Christie.  “By turning Drumthwacket gold, we’re honoring the young lives lost and giving hope to those patients and their families who are bravely fighting this disease. At the same time, we commend the health professionals and many public and private organizations who continue to make a difference to so many who are impacted by pediatric cancer.”

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. Approximately 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

Cancers that are most often diagnosed in children are different from those diagnosed in adults. The most common forms of cancer in children include: leukemia, brain and central nervous system tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, lymphoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma and bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing Sarcoma).

For more information about the Go4theGoal visit http://www.go4thegoal.org/

For more information about The Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation, visit http://www.makenoise4kids.org/