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New York state lights up in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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State landmarks and bridges across the State were illuminated with yellow spotlights on Tuesday evening to recognize that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

15 landmarks and bridges, including the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Empire State Plaza, Niagara Falls, the Lake Placid Olympic Center and more all dedicated Tuesday evening to show support to children who have died from cancer.

The month is a way to remember young people who have lost their fight with the disease and to honor families and healthcare workers who are still battling the disease. Locally the main gate to the State Fairgrounds and the Expo Center were illuminated in Yellow.

"There's no understating the pain and anguish that confronts a family when a child is diagnosed with cancer," Governor Hochul said in a statement released Tuesday.

More than 10,000 children are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year and about 1,050 will die from the disease.

"This month, we are redoubling our efforts to fight pediatric cancer and support those who are impacted by this awful disease," Governor Hochul said. "As we illuminate our state landmarks tonight, I urge all New Yorkers to honor those children lost to cancer each year and provide warm encouragement to the many others fighting this awful disease."

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