Two moms on a mission

Sharon Romano and Marie Costantino are raising awareness for childhood cancer

Sharon Romano (left) and Marie Costantino
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Sharon Romano (left) and Marie Costantino

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is recognized every September by childhood cancer organizations around the world, with one goal: to increase awareness for those affected by childhood cancer.

Each day in the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19.

Bayonne residents Marie Costantino and Sharon Romano lost their sons to cancer at young ages. Anthony Costantino and Michael Romano fought hard and left behind a legacy, inspiring many in the community.

This year, these moms encourage everyone to “GO GOLD” in September.

Why GOLD?

Gold symbolizes and supports children diagnosed with this disease and to honors and remembers children who have died.

Mayor James Davis, along with the Bayonne Board of Education will honor the cause on Sept. 24 when students will be asked to wear gold and or yellow to show their awareness.

Romano and Costantino are excited that both City Hall and the Board of Education will join hands this year to raise awareness, in hopes that this will become an annual event.

Gold bows will be placed along Avenue E, Avenue C by City Hall, and in front of all Bayonne schools during the month of September. Community members are asked to join by placing a gold bow in front of their homes or businesses.

“GO GOLD” signs can be purchased at Fast Signs at 810 Broadway. Call 201-823-3344.

“The support of Mayor Davis, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Ken Kopacz and the Bayonne Board of Education Staff has been amazing,” Romano and Costantino said. “We thank them for joining hands and bringing awareness to the community.”

For more information, contact Romano at sharomano@aol.com or
Costantino at mariecostantino1006@gmail.com.

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