Bay Ridge

Xaverian HS wrapped in gold ribbon by students

September 22, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Students from Genesis placed a gold ribbon around the entire perimeter of their school. Photo courtesy of Xaverian High School
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Teenagers wrapped yards and yards of ribbon around their Bay Ridge school, but it wasn’t a youthful prank.

These kids were serious.

Students from both Xaverian High school’s middle school program, Genesis, and their high school friends from Xaverian joined forces to “Go Gold” on Sept. 16.

Members of the Genesis Student Leadership Council enthusiastically led the “Go Gold” effort at Xaverian High School at 7100 Shore Road, cutting more than 400 yards of gold ribbon and working together with the high school students to hang the ribbon around the exterior of the school to raise awareness of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The gold ribbons fluttering in the wind are a poignant reminder of all whose lives have been affected by pediatric cancer, according to school officials.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The “Go Gold” effort at Xaverian High School was led by Camille Orrichio Loccisano, who lost her son, Francesco, a Xaverian student, to cancer in 2007. Francesco, known as Frankie to his family and friends, would have graduated from Xaverian in 2008.

Camille Orrichio Loccisano runs the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, also know as Frankie’s Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families whose lives have been touched by childhood cancer.

Members of Frankie’s Mission are encouraging businesses, residences and organizations in Bay Ridge to “Go Gold” by displaying gold ribbons in their windows throughout the entire month of September.


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