2016 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree
ACCO is very pleased and excited to announce that the 2016 National Childhood Awareness Tree will be proudly displayed this holiday season at Marina Park in Newport Beach, California. The 23-foot-high tree honoring children whose lives have been forever altered by childhood cancer will be a prominent feature of the 108th Newport Beach, California Holiday Boat Parade, complete with a tree lightening ceremony and fireworks! ACCO and the City of Newport Beach hope you will join us from Wednesday, December 14 to Sunday, December 18 to participate in this very special event.
The holiday festivities at Newport Beach will begin on December 14 at 4:30 with family activities such as face painting, caricature artists, and vendors selling tasty treats. At 6:10, the 2016 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree will be lit during a special commemorative ceremony, followed by an amazing fireworks show. The holiday festivities will continue at Marina Park as visitors are encouraged to view the beautifully-lit houses surrounding the Park and wait for the arrival of the Boat Parade, scheduled to come past Marina Park at 8:40pm. The Tree will remain on display throughout the remainder of the Boat Parade festivities through Sunday, December 18! This event is free of charge and open to the public.
What is the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree?
The holiday season can be an exceedingly difficult time for families whose lives have been forever altered by childhood cancer. Since 2000, ACCO’s annual “Awareness Tree” has honored childhood cancer warriors by decorating a holiday tree with gold ribbons bearing the name, age, and state of children affected by this terrible disease. The 2016 Awareness Tree will stand tall at Marina Park in Newport Beach, CA displaying thousands of beautiful gold ribbons, each a tribute to an amazing child.
If you would like to honor a child who is fighting or who has fought childhood cancer with a gold ribbon on the 2016 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree, we ask you to place your order by Sunday, November 27. You will be asked to select the number of ribbons you would like, then add the child’s name, age, address, and an optional tribute for each ribbon. The tributes will be shared weekly on ACCO’s website. Please note that friends and family may purchase more than one ribbon per child. If you would like, the ribbon(s) will be returned to you in January.
To have your child’s name honored with a gold ribbon on the 2016 Awareness Tree, please be sure to place your order by Sunday, November 27. Click here for the order form.
We would like to thank the City of Newport Beach, California and the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce for making the 2016 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree a special part of its annual holiday festivities! The Newport Beach Boat Parade is one of Southern California’s premier holiday events and has even been hailed by the New York Times as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation”. We are honored to be part of such an exciting and special holiday event!
The Boat Parade features almost 100 beautifully-decorated boats of all shapes and sizes, from yachts to kayaks. The parade of boats begins off Bay Island and slowly makes it way around Newport Harbor, offering amazing viewing locations, free of charge, from nearly anywhere around the Harbor. Many homes around the harbor are decorated as well as part of the Ring of Lights; participating homes and boats are eligible for prizes for best decorations! The parade starts at 6:30 every night for five nights: December 14 through December 18. The lighting of the 2016 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree, followed by fireworks, will kick off this year’s Boat Parade on December 14!
ACCO invites all who can to join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:10 for the tree lighting ceremony, fireworks, and Boat Parade. Information on travel, accommodations, and best viewing locations can be found at the Boat Parade’s official website: https://www.christmasboatparade.com/.
About American Childhood Cancer Organization
American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is a non-profit charity dedicated to helping kids with cancer and their families navigate the difficult journey from cancer diagnosis through survivorship. Internationally, ACCO is the sole U.S. member of Childhood Cancer International (CCI), the largest patient-support organization for childhood cancer in the world. Here in the United States, ACCO promotes the critical importance of ensuring continued funding into new and better treatment protocols for childhood cancer. And most importantly, ACCO is focused on the children: developing and providing educational tools for children fighting cancer and their families, empowering them in their understanding of childhood cancer and the medical decisions they must make during this difficult journey. All of ACCO’s resources are available free of charge for families coping with childhood cancer.
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