The MGED Administrative Office on Main Street, also known as the Philander Washburn House, will be awash in gold light on September nights, joining other town departments in showing support for research efforts to defeat childhood cancer. "The GOLD WORLD Project" is being promoted by local GoGold Group members Lisa Buzzell-Curley and Dawn Berio, mother of 10-year-old Dylan who is currently fighting brain cancer. Throughout the month of September, landmark and iconic buildings across the United States who have partnered with the movement will illuminate their structures in GOLD, the color of Childhood Cancer Awareness.
This month we ask that everyone keep in mind these alarming facts:
- One in every 285 American children develops cancer before they age of twenty.
- On the average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.
- Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years of age.
- Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded .
- Of the $5.067 billion in government funding for cancer research, approximately 4% goes to childhood cancers. That's $208 million dollars. Compared to $603 million to breast cancer and $315 million to lung cancer.
Middleborough Gas and Electric Department is promoting this important issue by keeping gold ribbon magnets on department trucks and vehicles, supporting the gold ribbons tied on the iconic downtown lampposts and lighting up the Washburn house, the Vine Street Natural Gas division office and the Wareham Street Electric division office to “Go Gold” all month long. We join our town departments and all cities and towns across the country who are helping to raise awareness of the number one killer in children by disease in our Nation. Let’s shine a spotlight on this terrible foe and join forces to help kids win.