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Snellville goes gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The city of Snellville shows its support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by donning gold T-shirts. Pictured are, front row, from left to right, Barbara Riley, Erika Fleeman and Marlene Temple; second row Gail Fraker, Jan Burke, Gabriela Downs, Nelie Wilson, Melisa Arnold and Jon Davis; third row Butch Sanders, Eric Van Otteren, Jason Thompson and back row John Dennis, Karen McKay and Gloria Savage. (Submitted photo)

The city of Snellville shows its support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by donning gold T-shirts. Pictured are, front row, from left to right, Barbara Riley, Erika Fleeman and Marlene Temple; second row Gail Fraker, Jan Burke, Gabriela Downs, Nelie Wilson, Melisa Arnold and Jon Davis; third row Butch Sanders, Eric Van Otteren, Jason Thompson and back row John Dennis, Karen McKay and Gloria Savage. (Submitted photo)

SNELLVILLE — City Hall staff in Snellville recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this past week by donning the color gold.

On Monday, Sept. 9, Mayor Kelly Kautz declared Sept. 12 in Snellville as Amanda Riley Day. The designation is in remembrance of Riley, a Brookwood High School student who died from childhood cancer in 2010.

“Amanda was known as a breath of sunshine to her family, friends, teachers and classmates and even during her battle with cancer she kept a smile on her face,” a press release announcing the designation reads. “Amanda’s parents, Barbara and Steve Riley, formed the Amanda Riley Foundation in her memory and have made it their mission to bring a smile to the face of children battling cancer and their families even if it is just for a moment.”

The color gold represents childhood cancer awareness, and Kautz is working with the Amanda Riley Foundation and Brookwood High School to organize a “gold out” during the Sept. 27 home football game. Students are encouraged to wear gold and the Brookwood band plans to hold a balloon release.

For more information on the Amanda Riley Foundation, visit www.amandarileyfoundation.org.