City Hall illuminated in gold to remind of childhood cancer

Several girls with pediatric forms of cancer helped to light up City Hall in gold Thursday night.

They were part of the month’s observation to recognize children who are battling or have succumbed to the disease.

Introduced were Hannah Freezer, 12, of Muncy and Jackie Snyder, 11, of Cogan Station, who both have leukemia.

Also observed in attendance were Delaney Heller, 12, of Cogan Station, who is battling an inoperable brain tumor and Lia Hart, 5, who has liver cancer and is a recent liver transplant recipient.

The family of Hudson Rinker, who was age 2 when he died from neuroblastoma, also wore gold in remembrance of their son.

This year 13,500 children will be diagnosed with cancer, which remains the top killer among children. Yet, only 4 percent of the research money goes into pediatric cancer, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.

Following the introductions of the brave girls and their families, a moment of silence was observed for the children who are sick and for those who didn’t make it.

“This will be a yearly event,” Campana said. “They are the real heroes,” he said looking at the girls and their families.

“We’re seeking to raise awareness and generate more money for childhood cancer,” said Cathy Prowant, the local coordinator of the effort that is part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Gold is the official color, just as pink is for breast cancer. The gold ribbons, the symbols, were distributed by Prowant.