Golden ribbons for fighting cancer

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The Xaverian students in the middle school program Genesis and high school joined forces to Go Gold. The Go Gold initiative raises awareness for pediatric cancer.

Camille Orichio Loccisano, who lost her son Frankie, class of 2008, to pediatric cancer, spearheaded the effort.

She runs Frankie’s Mission, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007, that is dedicated to helping families whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer. The September event encouraged business, residents and organizations in Bay Ridge to Go Gold for the entire month.

The students from the middle school Student Leadership Council cut over 400 yards of gold ribbon, and with the help from the high schooler’s hung the ribbons around the exterior of the school. The gold ribbons fluttering in the wind served as a reminder of all those whose lives have been affected by pediatric cancer.

According to the Frankie’s Mission website, “Our family support program allows us a rapport with social workers, childhood cancer doctors and nurse practitioners who connect us to the families who are in financial distress due to the nature of their child’s illness. We help to relieve the financial burden that comes along with high medical bills and illness-related expenses.”

If you are interested in donating, visit

Xaverian [7100 Shore Rd. at 71st Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–7100].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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