Cancer survivor Marnie Geniole to raise world’s largest golden awareness ribbon at Ottawa City Hall on Jan-28 in preparation for International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day (Feb 15, 2020)

Together with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, young Ottawa area cancer survivor Marnie Geniole (Miracle Marnie Foundation) will raise the world’s largest golden awareness ribbon 50 ft over Ottawa City Hall to promote the countdown to International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.

International Childhood Cancer Day is February 15, 2020. #ICCD2020

Events will kick-off at 10:00 am in the Ottawa City Hall rotunda with speeches and performances by childhood cancer survivors to honour the annual 300,000 children diagnosed world-wide with one of 12 primary types of childhood cancer. Dr. Donna Johnston (Chief of Oncology, CHEO) and Jocelyn Lamont (Executive Director, Candlelighters Ottawa) will be event keynote speakers.

Raising of the international flag of child/adolescent cancer is scheduled for 10:45 am.

Background:  This 24th annual #ICCD event is a joint effort between Ottawa Candlelighters and members of Childhood Cancer International, a child cancer parents’ organization comprised of 167 member groups in 90 countries.

Scheduled Attendees:

  • event coordinator and Marnie’s Dad, Thomas Geniole (Miracle Marnie Foundation)
  • Dr. Donna Johnston (Chief of Oncology from Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
  • Naomi Thick, RN (SIOP nursing committee local chair)
  • Jocelyn Lamont (Director, Candlelighters Ottawa)
  • SIOP representatives
  • Members of local childhood/adolescent cancer care foundations including Miracle Marnie Foundation, Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation, Kids Kicking Cancer and Candlelighters Ottawa supporters

Dr. Johnston is also Chair of the local organizing committee of this year’s International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) 52nd Annual World Congress, to be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa October 14-17.

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