We are delighted to let you know that the CN Tower will be lit up in red to raise awareness for 22q on November 22. We chose this date (“22/11”) as a play on the name of the condition, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (“22q”), an under-recognized condition that affects 1 in 2,148 live births.
The lighting of the CN Tower is part of the “Luces por el 22q/Lighting the 22q” international awareness movement that began in Spain in 2018. Buildings in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Finland and the city of Philadelphia, United States, were lit up as part of the movement in 2020, and will be again this year on the 22nd of November. Now joining this international awareness movement will be Toronto – a national leader in providing care for families through clinics at the Toronto General Hospital and at SickKids Hospital, and in internationally renowned research into adult outcomes and genetics.
If you wish to photograph or gather to watch the lighting, please note that the Tower will be lit at sunset (about 4:46 PM on Monday evening, November 22, 2021). However, the red light will only become visible as the sky darkens, which occurs approximately 30 minutes after sunset, so by about 5:15 PM.
In addition, the CN Tower presents a standard light show for 8 minutes at the top of every hour, so, at 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM, etc., until 5:08, 6:08, 7:08, etc., PM.
If you would like to view the lighting virtually, please visit the CN Tower’s website for their Earthcams.
If you take pictures to raise awareness for 22q, please tag them with #Lightingthe22q or #Lucesporel22q when you post them on social media.
Together we will be able to illuminate 22q!