CLEVELAND - If you've noticed the Terminal Tower lit up in gold some mornings and nights this September, it's for Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
Avon resident, Katherine McGraw, contacted the City of Cleveland and asked if the tower would light up for the cause. Her 9-year-old nephew, Tommy, is a cancer survivor.
Tommy McGraw and his family live in Seattle. Tommy was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 8 years old. He went through intensive surgery to have the tumor removed then went through dozens of radiation treatments, receiving special care at a Boston hospital.
"He went through thirty-two radiation treatments where he had to lay on a table perfectly still with a form fitting mask on for about twenty minutes each time," McGraw said.
The treatment worked and Tommy is now cancer free.
Katherine wanted to honor Tommy and his courageous fight. The City of Cleveland and employees at the Terminal Tower wanted to support the boy and every child whose battled cancer.
Since Tommy lives more than 2,000 miles away from Cleveland, Katherine plans on taking pictures of the gold tower and sending them to her nephew.
"When he gets to see that picture of the Tower that's gold and he knows that it originated from his story, I think he's going to be really excited," she said.
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