REGION — September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and to support those with pediatric cancer, members of several local police departments recently flashed their lights blue for the cause.
First responders lined up last week to “flash their lights so patients at the Children’s Medical Center can see as part of the annual Bright Lights event.
“In return, patients [had] flashlights to signal back,” event details read. “Multiple agencies took part lighting up the [UMass Memorial Medical Center’s] campus in blue to show support for our youngest cancer warriors,” the Grafton Police Department released in a statement after the event. Grafton Police added that Childhood Cancer Awareness Month aims to “bring awareness to children battling this terrible disease.”
“Let’s all remember and support all the cancer warriors fighting out there,” the department shared. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, which participated in the event, added that it was “truly a special sight and a tremendous showing of support by nearly 20 area departments.”
“We can’t thank you enough, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, and all the other local First Responders for shining their lights for our UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center patients,” the UMass Memorial Medical Center released.
According to St. Jude, 43 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer every day. “This month, we honor those with pediatric cancer. St. Jude won’t stop until no child — anywhere — dies from cancer,” the organization released.