Help us make sure the world knows about NF

Neurofibromatosis, or NF, occurs in 1 of every 3,000 people, affecting more than 2.5 million people around the world. So why don’t more people know about it? Because there is no one way to define NF. Just like there is no one way to define a person living with NF. Patients with visible signs of NF struggle to be seen as more than just their NF, while patients whose NF is invisible struggle to make others understand.

Here is how you can help

Shine a Light
Shine a Light
Shine a Light on NF is a grassroots initiative that brings NF awareness into the community by lighting up homes, buildings, bridges and monuments in blue and green throughout the month of May (NF Awareness Month) or on May 17th (World NF Awareness Day). Below are some of the buildings and landmarks in BC that began to "Light Up" May 17th.

British Columbia

  • BC Place
  • The Bloedel Conservatory
  • Burrard Street Bridge
  • Vancouver City Hall
  • Science World
  • Anvil Centre
  • Canada Place
  • Lafarge Lake Fountain
  • Skytrain Guide Pillars & Lights Coquitlam
  • The Look Out on Hastings
  • New Westminster City Hall
  • Telus Garden
  • White Rock Pier
  • Surrey Civic Plaza
  • Leckie Building
  • Olympic Cauldron




  • High Level Bridge, Edmonton (May 18)

British Columbia

  • BC Place
  • The Bloedel Conservatory
  • Burrard Street Bridge
  • Vancouver City Hall
  • Science World
  • Anvil Centre
  • Canada Place
  • Lafarge Lake Fountain
  • Skytrain Guide Pillars & Lights Coquitlam
  • The Look Out on Hastings
  • New Westminster City Hall
  • Telus Garden
  • White Rock Pier
  • Surrey Civic Plaza
  • Leckie Building
  • Olympic Cauldron


  • 3D Toronto Sign, Toronto
  • CN Tower, Toronto
  • Welland Canal Bridge, Welland

Nova Scotia

  • Colchester-East Hants Public Library, Truro



  • Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham (May 1-31)
  • Convention Center, Mobile (May 1-31)
  • RSA Tower, Mobile
  • RSA Tower, Montgomery


  • Gilbert Water Tower, Gilbert
  • The Fountain, Fountain Hills


  • Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock


  • Green Music Center (Sonoma State University), Rohnert Park
  • Lamar Billboard, Los Angeles County (May 9-22)
  • Lamar Billboard, Orange County (May 9-22)
  • San Diego County Administration Building, San Diego (May 18)


  • Beehive Bridge, New Britain
  • Everything Botanical, Washington
  • SpringWorks Headquarters, Stamford


  • City Hall, Miramar (May 1-31)
  • Florida Blue Building (Blue Cross Blue Shield (May 17-23)


  • King & Queen, Atlanta


  • Lamar Advertising Billboard, Boise


  • VGM Group Headquarters, Waterloo


  • Aztec Theater Marquee, Shawnee
  • Evergy Plaza, Topeka


  • State Capital, Baton Rouge


  • Alexion HQ, Boston
  • Boston Science Museum, Boston
  • Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, Worcester
  • Longfellow Bridge, Boston
  • TD Garden, Boston
  • Zakim Bridge, Boston


  • Ally Detroit Center, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • Comerica Park, Detroit
  • Federal Reserve, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • First National Building, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • Ford Field, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • Fox Theatre, Detroit
  • Huntington Place, Detroit
  • Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
  • One Campus Martius, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • One Woodward, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • Penobscot Building, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • The Madison, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • The Press/321, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • The Stott, Detroit (May 1-31)
  • The Z Lot, Detroit (May 1-31)


  • Enger Tower, Deluth (May 17-21)
  • Sperry Tower, Minneapolis (May 1)


  • Giralda Tower on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City
  • Kansas City Power & Light Building, Kansas City
  • Meyer Circle Seahorse Fountain, Kansas City
  • Waldo Water Tower, Kansas City


  • Bob Kerry Bridge, Omaha (May 20)


  • Lamar Billboard, Albany (May 1-31)
  • Mid-Hudson Bridge, Poughkeepsie
  • National Grid, Syracuse
  • Niagara Falls, Niagara
  • One Bryant Park, New York
  • One Five One West 42, New York
  • One World Trade Center Spire, New York
  • OneWTC Podium, New York
  • SvenLIC, New York
  • The Helmsley Building (230 Park Avenue)


  • 300 S Tryon, Charlotte
  • 400 South Church, Charlotte
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte
  • Wells Fargo Building (550 S Tryon), Charlotte


  • Duke Energy Cincinnati Sign (May 16-18)
  • Fountain Square, Cincinnati (May 16-18)
  • The Tower at Kenwood Collections, Cincinnati (May 16-21)


  • Sky Dance Bridge, Oklahoma City


  • Oregon Convention Center, Portland


  • Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
  • Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
  • Market Street/Walnut Street Bridge, Harrisburg (June 20-21)
  • One Liberty Place (1650 Market Street), Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia International Airport Control Tower,Philadelphia


  • Corn Palace, Mitchell (May 6)
  • Falls Park, Sioux Falls (May 7)
  • Fountain, 4th and Broadway, Yankton
  • Lamar Billboard (41st and Louise Ave), Sioux Falls
  • Larry's Heating and Cooling Billboard, Yankton (May 1-31)
  • VIKOR Tower, Sioux Falls (May 21)
  • Walnut Street, Yankton (May 1-31)


  • Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville
  • Korean Veterans Bridge, Nashville
  • Metro CourtHouse, Nashville
  • State Capital Cupola, Nashville


  • Beacon of Hope at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City (May 13-15)
  • Reagan Outdoor Advertising Billboard, Salt Lake City


  • Kenjoh Outdoor Advertising Billboard, Chesapeake


  • Door County Maritime Museum Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower
Shine a Light at home

Shine a Light on NF makes NF visible by lighting homes, buildings, and landmarks across the globe in blue and green, the official colors of NF. You can bring this effort to your neighborhood by lighting up your home in blue and green.

You can also decorate your driveway or sidewalk with chalk pictures, messages, or NF facts.

Wear Blue and Green
Wear blue and green on May 17 in honor of World NF Awareness Day and green and blue on May 22 for NF2 Awareness Day!  Find anything blue and/or green in your closet (we promise we won't judge if you're in PJs all day!)
Share NF Facts

Teach others about NF using our Resource Library. Consider sharing one NF fact a day throughout the month on social media, making NF fact lawn signs, or download materials and email to friends, coworkers, teachers, or family who might want to learn more about NF.

Spread the Word on Social Media
  • Change your profile picture to one that celebrates NF Awareness!
  • Download our Facebook Profile Frame or one of our many social media badges below to let everyone know what cause you're supporting.

Need images? Click and download.

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The tools below created by the Children’s Tumour Foundation make outreach even easier for you. See the flyer and sample emails you can send below.

Remember, the entire month of May is NF Awareness Month, so if you can't get May 17 (World NF Awareness Day), any day in May will work. Every day is a good day to shine a light on NF!

With your help we can shine brighter. Download your toolkit to make a request in your city.

Let’s work together to Shine a Light on NF!

A few of the sites that joined prior year campaigns, included:

BC Place
Canada Place
Vancouver City Hall
Science World
The Lafarge Lake Fountain

CN Tower, Toronto
Calgary Tower, Calgary
Niagara Falls, New York
City Hall, London
Trafalgar Square Fountains, London
The Royal Liver Building, Liverpool
Convention Centre, Dublin
Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle, WA
Bank of America Plaza, Dallas, TX
Zakim Bridge, Boston, MA
First National Building, Detroit, MI

Contact Us

For questions or to request more information on the Shine a Light on NF initiative, please contact us at