FREDERICTON (GNB) – The portico of the legislative assembly building will be lit in gold beginning at dusk on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and to honour those who have been affected by pediatric cancers.

The illumination is being held during the New Brunswick segment of the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, a cross-Canada charity cycling event. The charity raises money to directly fund research and support programs for pediatric cancer.

“Childhood cancer is not a rare disease,” said Speaker Chris Collins. “In fact, cancer takes the lives of more children than all other diseases combined.”

Collins has been an advocate for families with sick children since his son, Sean, passed away from a cancer-related illness in July 2007.

One in 285 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. At any time, more than 1,500 Canadian children and their families are dealing with childhood cancer.

The legislative assembly will remain illuminated until Sept. 22.