Virginia childhood cancer survivor asks for state to 'go gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Sep 01, 2021

A childhood cancer survivor is asking for Virginia to go gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

At the age of 10, Juanita Prada was diagnosed with leukemia.

Now 27 years old, Prada says the effects of her childhood cancer followed her into adulthood, despite her having been declared cancer-free after winning her battle with cancer twice.

More than 300 children in Virginia are diagnosed with cancer each year, and of those who beat their cancer, three out of five will see long-term symptoms.

Through a partnership with the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Prada is sharing her own story and raising awareness about the long-term impacts of childhood cancer through her own movement, "Behold, Be Gold."

"We're asking people to change their light bulbs, to go gold on their homes, businesses or buildings to show that they support childhood cancer awareness," Prada said.

To purchase a gold light bulb for your home or business and learn more about Prada's push for awareness, visit BeholdBeGold or gogoldva.