WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington frequently changes the color of the lights on the Town Common to raise awareness for important causes.
Lights are often green in November for the Green Light A Vet campaign. Lights turn blue in April for Autism Awareness Month. Lights are currently gold this September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
This October, for the fifth consecutive year, the Town Common lights will be turned pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The idea came from resident and breast cancer survivor Gigi Shenloogian, whose annual request was unanimously approved by the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. Shenloogian will be donating the gels (filters) to turn the lights pink.
“We thank Gigi. We really appreciate her generosity. It’s such a great cause,” said Selectman Chair Greg Bendel.
“After 5 years [of being in remission], Gigi gave herself a party. After 10 years, she took a trip. And for 15 years, she’s looking to light up the common,” said then Selectwoman Chair Judy O’Connell back in 2015 during Shenloogian’s initial request. “We wish her well as we do anyone who is winning the battle with breast cancer, as well as any other cancer… I think this [request] is fantastic and I wholeheartedly support it.”
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