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Awareness Tree


Since the year 2000, the ACCO has honored and commemorated thousands of children who have had their lives turned upside down by childhood cancer with our National Gold Ribbon Awareness Tree.  Each year, this 23 foot tall tree is decorated with thousands of Gold Ribbons, each ribbon bearing the name of a special child who had, or who has had, cancer.  And each year, we use this tree to Light Up the Holidays with Hope” to remember the terrible struggle each of these children has faced, to find strength in the courage and resilience they show each and every day of that struggle, and to offer comfort, solace, and support at this wonderful, difficult time of year.  We hope that you and your family will be part of this special and beautiful commemorative event, honoring these precious children. In addition, you would be supporting the ACCO’s mission to increase awareness of the Gold Ribbon, the needs of children facing cancer, and the ongoing search for new and better treatment protocols that can finally offer a safe and effective cure for this terrible disease.

To see past trees and events, please visit the album links below:

Click Here to See the 2012 Awareness Tree Album on Facebook

Click Here to See the 2013 Awareness Tree Album on Facebook

Click Here to See the 2013 Tree Event Photo-Booth Album on Facebook


Thanks to the city of Newport Beach, California and its Chamber of Commerce, we are very excited to announce that for 2016 the tree will stand tall at the new Marina Park in Newport Beach CA, for anyone who is able to visit! The 2016 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree will be an integral part of the 108th Newport Beach, California Holiday Boat Parade taking place from December 14th to 18th. Centrally located at Newport Beach’s Marina Park, the 2016 National Awareness Tree will once again be covered in thousands of gold ribbons, each ribbon bearing the name, age and state of a child who has been diagnosed with cancer. Please Click Here or the button above for more details about the event and how you can join us!

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  1. Click on the gold order banner below.
  2. Select the number of ribbons you would like to order and click “register now”.
  3. Add the child’s name, age, state, and an optional tribute for each ribbon you ordered.

Note: You may place as many ribbons as you like to honor each child, so feel free to share this opportunity to honor our nation’s children who have fought cancer with friends and family.

To view your child’s tribute after purchase, click here: Tribute Page.

(Please note it may take 1 to 2 business days before your ribbon is searchable on this list.)

As in previous years, if requested, we will be honored to send you the gold ribbon with your child’s name on it after the holidays. We look forward to your continued support of this important awareness event.  Pictures of the tree will be posted on ACCO’s Facebook page at:

For the latest news about our National Gold Ribbon Awareness Tree, follow our Facebook page or join our mailing list

Have you ever wondered how the National Gold Ribbon Awareness Tree began?  For many years, the beautiful National Gold Ribbon Awareness Tree stood tall in the Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington DC.  This location enabled us to hold an official lighting event which included time for families to come together during the holiday season, have a meal together, enjoy activities with their children, and pay tribute to our nation’s children with cancer.  This location was no longer available in 2014, when the Old Post Office Pavilion property was sold to Donald Trump to be converted into a hotel. Since we were unable to host an event, in 2014 and again in 2015, we were very excited by AstraZeneca’s invitation to host our National Gold Ribbon Awareness Tree at MedImmune, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, is committed to making a difference in science and medicine in the lives of patients and in their local community. ACCO and our community are grateful to MedImmune for their support to raise awareness of childhood cancer by hosting the 2014 and 2015 tree.