The Brooklyn community is invited to join Council Member Mark Treyger, Zamperla, parents and advocates this Friday evening as the Coney Island Parachute Jump lights up gold to raise awareness for childhood cancer as part of a global initiative called The Gold World Project. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the base of the parachute jump adjacent to the boardwalk at W. 16th Street and will culminate in a countdown leading to the lighting of this iconic local landmark. Residents are urged to attend this event to show support for the families across southern Brooklyn and New York City that are battling childhood cancer.
“This is a great chance for southern Brooklyn to come out to the boardwalk and show our support for our neighbors who are fighting childhood cancer and raise awareness of the need for increased funding,” said Council Member Treyger. “The work these parents and advocates are doing is absolutely inspiring, so this is the least we can do to let them know they are not alone in this effort.”
Council Member Treyger contacted officials at Zamperla, which owns the Parachute Jump, after learning that the Empire State Building had denied a request by New Hampshire father Tony Stoddard to light up gold as part of The Gold World Project in memory of his five-year-old son Cole, who passed away after a battle with Neuroblastoma.
In response, Zamperla immediately agreed to light its Parachute Jump gold for one full week starting this Friday to ensure that Brooklyn and the famous Coney Island skyline is part of this great cause.
“While it was disappointing that the Empire State Building is not participating in The Gold World Project, I am thrilled that Coney Island and its world famous Parachute Jump will be lighting up the shoreline on behalf of families around New York City and the world,” Treyger said. “I urge the entire community to come out to the boardwalk to take part in this great cause.”
Stoddard was thankful and ecstatic for the tribute to his son, and all who fight the cancer menace.
“Shortly before my son Cole passed away from cancer, he told me he was not going to grow up to be or do anything. I promised my son he would do ‘something big’ someday,” said Mr. Stoddard. “’Something big’ is happening; we are turning the world gold in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.”
Officials and advocates joined in praising the measures to spread cancer awareness.
“Through lighting this Coney Island landmark in gold, the official color of the month, we feel confident that we can aid in bringing awareness to this noteworthy cause,” said Valerio Ferrari, President of Central Amusement International, which operates Luna Park.
” As the mother of a beloved son who lost his life to this illness, I am infinitely grateful,” said Camille Loccisano, founder of Frankie’s Mission and mother of Francesco Loccisano, who passed away from childhood cancer just two weeks after his 17th birthday.
“We are beyond excited to see one of our borough’s most iconic structures light gold for the 40,000 kids currently battling cancer,” said Brooklyn father Matt Kabel, the parent of a sixth-generation Brooklynite battling infant Leukemia. “When the Empire State Building said no to them, Brooklyn immediately stepped forward and said yes, showing that they have the backs of children fighting for their lives.”
Friday’s event will include local advocates including Frankie’s Mission, which is a Brooklyn-based organization that advocates for greater funding and provides support to families nationwide, along with other parents, children, elected officials and residents from across the area. Please contact Council Member Treyger’s district office at (718) 307-7151 for more information.