Three of Mid Ulster District Council’s buildings (The Bridewell, Magherafelt; The Burnavon, Cookstown; and Ranfurly House, Dungannon) were burnished in gold lighting from 4th – 8th September to highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Every day at least 10 children and young people get the news they have cancer. Each September Children with Cancer UK, CLIC Sargent and other childhood charities, through Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, help to highlight the impact of cancer on young people and their families. This, in turn, helps charities to protect more and more children and improve the lives of young cancer patients through ground breaking research.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton lent her voice to this months’ campaign, saying,
“Mid Ulster District Council is pleased in this small way to assist the Douglas family in raising awareness of Childhood Cancer. Research is needed for less harsh treatments and better survival rates and initiatives such as this are vital to create awareness of this devastating illness, and to help support families and organisations that battle against childhood cancer.”
Carmel Douglas, a Dungannon woman whose grandson Corey, was diagnosed Synovial Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive tumour, at the young age of 10 years old was responsible for working with Mid Ulster District Council to light up the buildings, so that the awareness of cancer in children and support available is highlighted.
Carmel and her family seek to create particular awareness of the devastating news and its aftermath on the child, and the immediate and indeed wider family circle, as Carmel confirmed,
“We want to highlight the children who struggle with lifelong side-effects due to the treatments they must face, and honour the children others have lost to cancer. It affects not only the child who is sick, but also the parents, the brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We as grandparents are lucky that Corey is now free, but there are many others less fortunate.”
For further information about childhood cancer and the support available please visit http://www.cclg.org.uk/childhoodcancerawarenessmonth
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton with the wider family of Carmel Douglas, at Hill of The O'Neill and Ranfurly House as the building is lit with gold, Monday 4th - Friday 8th September.