For Grieving Father, Zakim Becomes a Beacon

Zakim Bridge( - September 9, 2013: It's been just over a year since the state Department of Transportation decided to install new lights on the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge, allowing one of Boston's newest landmarks to shine a brighter blue — and, on special occasions, to transform colors.

Since then, the lights have been in regular use. In addition to celebrating holidays and cheering on playoff runs by the Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins, they have brought awareness to issues like autism, eco-friendliness, and gun violence — and offered blue and yellow rays of comfort after this year's Boston Marathon.

But if you drove on the bridge this past week, you may have noticed a new shade illuminating the bridge's cables: gold.

Tony Stoddard, a resident of Sandown, N.H., contacted MassDOT a few months ago, asking if the bridge lights could shine gold from Sept. 1 to 7, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Stoddard, 51, is trying to raise awareness in memory of his son Cole, who died last year at the age of 5 after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that primarily affects children.

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Christine Bork
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