On Sept. 16, students from both Xaverian’s middle school program, Genesis, and high school in Bay Ridge joined forces to Go Gold to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.
The Go Gold effort has been spearheaded by Camille Orichio-Loccisano, who lost her son, Frankie, a member of Xaverian’s class of 2008, to pediatric cancer in 2007.
Orichio-Loccisano runs Frankie’s Mission, which is a nonprofit dedicated to helping families whose lives have been touched by childhood cancer. With September being Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, Frankie’s Mission encouraged businesses, residences and organizations in Bay Ridge to Go Gold for the month.
Members of Xaverian’s middle school’s Student Leadership Council enthusiastically led the Go Gold effort at 7100 Shore Road, cutting over 400 yards of gold ribbon and working together with the high school students to hang the rib- bon around the exterior of the school.
The gold ribbons fluttering in the wind are a poignant reminder of all those whose lives have been affected by pediatric cancer, especially Frankie and the entire Loccisano family.