Niagara Falls will be illuminated in red and blue on Saturday, September 18, from 10:45 PM – 11:00 PM, to celebrate Lights of Hope honoring those who are being treated for cancer, their caregivers, and those who have lost their lives to cancer.

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On the same evening at the Wilson House Restaurant and Inn in Wilson, more than 200 bags with the names of those who have fought cancer will stand in front of the restaurant to send a message of hope.

As a result of cancer patients' vulnerability to the coronavirus, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers did not travel for the annual Lights of Hope ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Instead, advocates in Niagara Falls and in surrounding communities in the greater Niagara region will celebrate the event with the Niagara Falls display as part of a larger virtual event in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam.

“While all Americans were undoubtedly impacted by the pandemic, cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers have had an especially difficult year, having to navigate their own health or their loved ones increased vulnerability to the virus on top of mental, financial and logistical impacts in delays to their care,” said ACS CAN New York State Lead Ambassador Karen Connor. “As New York State and the country continues to emerge from the worst, dramatically lighting of the Falls and Lights of Hope, are a visible way to raise awareness for cancer and our critical juncture in the fight against the disease as a result of the pandemic...

Friends, family and neighbors are invited to visit the display in Wilson to honor the loved ones they’ve lost and lend their support to Niagara County residents that have been touched by cancer.

As a cancer survivor, I think it is important to "cast light" on this issue in a positive fashion whenever possible.

Area sponsors include Wilson House Restaurant and Inn; Bank on Buffalo; and TOPS Friendly Markets.

People are invited to the event and are getting involved at www.fightcancer.org/lightsofhope.

(American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network)

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