The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus in Glasgow – including the Royal Hospital for Children - will be glowing gold throughout September in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM).
The campaign was set up by parents and grandparents of children with cancer who want to make a difference and raise awareness of the illness.
This is the third year that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been involved, after being approached by Pam Neilson whose son Kai Laidlaw fought a brave battle with infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the Royal Hospital for Children.
Pam said: “We appreciate the support from NHSGGC again this year, they shine a light on Childhood Cancer. We feel it’s imperative for children and their families who are fighting and those who have gained their angel wings to Childhood Cancer are remembered and honoured.
“Knowledge is power, and we wish to empower parents with the knowledge required to pick up the signs and symptoms early. With increased awareness, comes earlier diagnosis, increased funding, increased research, kinder, more targeted therapy and ultimately a change in the prognosis for kids diagnosed with childhood cancer.
“We can’t affect the future of our own children and grandchildren, but we are determined to change the future for others. Let’s get the world glowing gold this September by working as a team.”
As well as the QEUH, the Royal Hospital for Children is also supporting the campaign with a golden ribbon display within the main atrium.
Kevin Hill, NHSGGC’s Director of Women and Children said: “This is a fantastic cause and we are delighted to be involved in raising awareness of childhood cancers.
“Children diagnosed with cancer spent a lot of time in our care and providing them and their families with both emotional and physical support is extremely important.
“We have a number of children being treated in the Royal Hospital for Children and so it’s fitting that the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital – a new but already iconic building in the city – should glow gold in support of the campaign.”
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GLOW GOLD SEPTEMBER - Established to raise awareness of childhood cancer during September through gold illumination of iconic buildings throughout the UK, US and World.
As a group of parents and grandparents of kids with cancer, many of whom have already lost their child to this awful disease, we have formed the Glow Gold September-childhood cancer awareness campaign with the backing and support of many well known charities nationally and locally including Bloodwise, Clic Sargent, CCLG, CRUK Kids & Teens, CCLASP, Love Oliver, Star for Harris, Team Jak and It’s good 2 give. For the full list of affiliated charities please see our campaign page: www.facebook.com/GlowGoldSeptember/