Apr 11, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) celebrates with teammates after the Capitals game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Go Gold Today

What does “go gold” mean? An issue that has been quite on the DL for a few years has finally come to light and has even made some news channels. We all know the Empire State Building and the plethora of lights it shines on certain days of the year. There has been green for the opening of the “Teenage Mutant Turtles”. It has been rainbow for gay and lesbian pride. It was blue because they wanted the Democratic National Convention to be held there. One color they refuse to light up is gold. What does gold symbolize? And why wouldn’t they want to go gold?

Gold is the color of Pediatric Cancer Awareness. And despite the many formal requests sent in, the Empire State building refuses to light it up. Some have taken to other means, such as Instagram, and have been blocked by their attempts to go gold. They light up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Why can they not light it gold for one day in September?

Pediatric cancer is one of the most underfunded illnesses. If the Empire State Building was to go gold they would help bring awareness to this cause and make people think about other and all forms of cancer. Personally, I think they should light up for all cancers, just for one day during the relative month. From Twitter and Facebook, I read that people, especially parents that have children with cancer or who have children that have passed, have asked for help from famous people.

So, here is your task. Tweet to your favorite hockey players and ask them to help with this very important cause. Make sure to use the hashtag. #GoGold. Thank you for everyone who participates! Get those awesome Caps players to make the Empire State Building go gold!

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