WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington will be illuminating the Town Common blue during the month of April in observance of Autism Awareness Month.
At their meeting earlier this month, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a resident’s request to light the Town Common blue.
Town Manager Jeff Hull noted that — for the sixth consecutive year — an anonymous donor is paying for the gels that will be inserted into the Town Common lights by the town’s Department of Public Works.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States, including almost 1 in 54 boys.
Changing the colors of the Town Common lights has become a popular way to show community support for worth causes. In the past, the lights have been turned purple (May — American Cancer Society’s “Paint The Town Purple” campaign), gold (September — Childhood Cancer awareness), pink (October — Breast Cancer Awareness month), and green (December — “Greenlight A Vet” campaign).
‘Donate Life Month’ Flag
Also at the meeting, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Michael Murphy to fly a “Donate Life” Flag at Town Hall.
Murphy, a 33-year resident, is a retired Fire Chief and FEMA disaster relief worker. In 1975, he donated a kidney to his sister who was in kidney failure. He lived for 40 years on a single kidney without issue. Three years ago, however, he was in need of a kidney and received a life-saving donation from a decease donation.
“In addition to being Autism Awareness Month, April is ‘Donate Life Month,” Murphy told the board during a similar request last year. “Many communities across the Commonwealth are flying the flag to bring awareness for the need of kidney and organ donations… 8,000 people each year die on lists waiting for organ donations. That’s 20 a day. It’s an awful rate because there aren’t enough organs available.”
“Thank you for being here. You’re reading awareness to a very good cause and one that doesn’t get a lot of attention sometimes,” responded Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “I appreciate your diligence and advocacy on behalf of folks who do need it when they least expect it. Thank you very much and keep up the good work.”
Murphy noted that a small ceremony will be scheduled at the flag pole on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 9am. Murphy will also set up an informational table inside the front entrance of the Town Hall for the month.
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