Brooklyn Eagle excerpt -
The Coney Island community is invited to join Councilmember
Mark Treyger; Zamperla, owner of the Coney Island Parachute Jump;
parents and advocates on Friday evening as the 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
children and families across southern Brooklyn and New York City who 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 Councilmember 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.”
Councilmember Treyger contacted officials at Zamperla after
learning that the Empire State Building had denied a request to light up
gold as part of The Gold World Project. New Hampshire father Tony
Stoddard had made the request in memory of his five-year-old son, Cole,
who passed away after a battle with Neuroblastoma.
In response, Zamperla quickly agreed to light its Parachute
Jump gold for one full week starting 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 grateful and ecstatic for the tribute to his son, and to 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.
is happening; we are turning the world gold in recognition of Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month.”