Newtownabbey civic buildings to be lit up for World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will support Shine a Light Campaign for World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day today (Monday) by lighting up Antrim Civic Centre, Ballyclare Town Hall and Mossley Mill blue.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 3:36 pm
Updated Monday, 17th May 2021, 3:39 pm

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Neurofibromatosis occurs all over the world and affects men and women equally. There are two main types of Neurofibromatosis: NF1 and NF2.

There are also two rarer variants: Schwannomatosis and Legius Syndrome this translates to mean ‘Nerve Tumour Increase’.

“It is important to raise awareness of this condition and whilst the world is changing, we must make sure Neurofibromatosis patients worldwide and specifically for the 26,500 people that are affected by NF in the UK are recognised and their life should not be in lockdown.”

Civic buildings will be lit up blue.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Jim Montgomery added: “It is essential that these less known diseases are highlighted and supported.

“The past year has been difficult for everyone particularly the isolation felt by many, especially those living with a disease. I am pleased the council are supporting this campaign.”

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