The Tower of Refuge will be turning blue tonight in support of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis awareness month.
The Tower of Refuge will be turning blue tonight (Friday, September 14) in support of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis awareness month.
The Department of Infrastructure was contacted by Tracey Jones, whose 18-month-old grandson, Rayner Ashton, is currently being treated for the rare illness. Mrs Jones asked if the Tower of Refuge could be turned blue on Friday, September 14, to coincide with the famous CN Tower in Toronto, which is also turning blue today.
The Langerhans cells are a type of white blood cells which in their healthy state fight infections. In a patient suffering from Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, these cells are produced excessively. They spread to different locations of the body such as the spleen, bone marrow, skin and lymph nodes through the blood stream.
After reaching an area, these cells damage the local tissues and form lesions all over the body. The cause of the disease is not known yet.
Mrs Jones, who lives in Douglas, said: ‘Turning the tower blue to help raise awareness of LCH will mean so much to our family. It has been difficult to find information about Rayner’s condition, and raising awareness of LCH and other Histio conditions will help others to find the information they need and help in the search for a cure.’
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