It all began when the Empire State Building was asked to light gold in honor of all the children bravely battling cancer and those we've lost. They said, "No." That's right. The Empire State Building stated that they "could not grant everyone's request light." It seemed that children were not as important as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or the "iHeart Radio Music Festival," for which they lit up in various colors. Instead of taking "No" for an answer, NYC fought back and worked with other landmarks to shine a bright gold light on pediatric cancer. It was my privilege to start a "Staten Island Go Gold" campaign in addition to speaking at two of the gold-lighting ceremonies.
My first thought was, "If the Empire State Building won't go gold, Staten Island will." I decided to encourage people to light their own houses with gold lights - on their porches, in their windows, on their lawns, etc. After creating a Facebook event, the idea spread like wildfire. On September 1st, my social media pages were flooded with pictures of beautifully lit houses! Staten Island has such an incredibly passionate community, so I wasn't surprised at all!