PHILADELPHIA’S BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE LIGHTS IN GOLD SEPT 24-30 FOR GO4THEGOAL FOUNDATION
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is September and Go4theGoal Pediatric Cancer Foundation as found a creative way to help raise awareness for children who are battling cancer.
“Gold is the color dedicated to pediatric cancer, and I really wanted to find a way to raise awareness for kids who have cancer,” said 12-year old A.J.Mattia, G4G team member and cancer survivor. “My mom and I drive over the bridge when I go back and forth to the hospital for my treatments, so I contacted the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and put in a request for them to light the Ben Franklin Bridge in gold in September. They loved the idea and dedicated a week, September 24th–30th to light the bridge for us.”
Thousands of people drive across the Ben Franklin each day. Cancer is the number one killer of children by disease. Research is grossly underfunded. Supportive services for children battling cancer and their families is severely lacking. “Lighting the bridge in gold will help Go4theGoal bring much-need attention to these devastating facts, which we hope will help us to gain new supporters as we continue our mission of supporting children, families, hospitals and research toward the ultimate goal…curing pediatric cancer,” said Beth Stefanacci, Go4theGoal's Executive Director.
ABOUT GO4THEGOAL FOUNDATION
Go4theGoal Foundation (Go4theGoal.org) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth Stefanacci, soon after their oldest child was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Together with funds raised privately and it’s many unique awareness and fundraising campaigns, including National Dress 4 Pediatric Cancer Day®, Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer® and Richard’s Run® 5K runs, Go4theGoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, runs fun hospital-based programs, grants special wishes and supplies state-of-the-art electronic products to children and pediatric oncology units in over 40 hospitals across the country. Since 2007, G4G has funded over $500,000 in innovative pediatric cancer research.