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#GoGoldBerks: Berks goes gold for childhood cancer

Berks County is going gold on Friday to raise awareness about childhood cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

"We're asking all Berks County residents to wear gold [or] yellow as a sign of solidarity as well as to raise awareness about childhood cancer," said Chris Winters, the organizer for #GoGoldBerks.

Winter said he got involved after learning about Laney Brown, the West Reading girl who lost her battle to cancer in 2013, when she was 8 years old.

Now, Laney's mother, Jennifer Capone-Brown, runs the foundation Laney's Legacy of Hope. Capone-Brown said seeing people, especially kids, in her community wearing gold will touch her heart.

"I think it's special that kids are doing it, wearing gold and raising awareness. It just touches my heart because kids recognizing kids," Capone-Brown told 69 News.

Her foundation also helps raise money for research projects and local families fighting cancer.

"I think it would surprise people how many kids, actually just in Reading alone, are battling cancer as we speak," Jennifer added.

More than 30 businesses, municipalities, schools, and others have agreed to participate in #GoGoldBerks.

"The response we've gotten from the community has been wonderful. That's Berks County," Winters said.

Winters is also asking people to upload their photos wearing gold to social media and use the hashtag #GoGoldBerks.

"We can show this to the kids at Hershey and CHOP [Children's Hospital of Philadelphia] that they are loved, they're being supported and that we're uniting as a community behind them," he said.

On October 6, Laney's Legacy of Hope is hosting its third annual Golden Gala at the Crowne Plaza, located at 1741 Papermill Road in Wyomissing. 


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