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Cole Stoddard told his dad, Tony, something that will probably tear your heart to pieces like it did him. The 5-year-old said, "I'm not going to grow up to do anything." Not long after, Cole died from a vicious form of brain cancer.

Stoddard put in a formal request with the Empire State Building asking it to go gold for one night to raise awareness of pediatric cancer research.

But, the Empire State Building managers said no, simultaneously crushing Tony's promise to his son that his life would mean something. Other young cancer patient parents are now rallying around the Stoddards.

Matthew Kabel, whose daughter Sally has leukemia, said he and other parents decided to post photos on Facebook of their kids going through same battle and ask management to reconsider. But Kabel said their posts were getting deleted.

Melissa Davis, whose daughter's leukemia is in remission, said the building claims it gets more requests than there are days of the year, but she said the building was lighted a generic white for 17 days last September.

Alexandria Caggia, a leukemia patient, said if the building could be lit up for the Ninja Turtles, it can be lit for childhood cancer.

In fact, the Empire State Building was rainbow-colored during Gay Pride Week, solid blue in honor of Big Blue (the football Giants), and even red and yellow for the Chinese new year.

But, when it comes to going for the gold, the Empire State Building keeps telling these parents their requests are going nowhere.

In a statement, management said, in part: "unfortunately, we are unable to light for all who apply. Lighting requests must be made through www.esbnyc.com. Any lighting request via petitions and/or social media campaigns is automatically not considered."

This isn't the first time controversy has erupted after the building managers refused to honor a request.  There was widespread outrage after blue lights to honor Mother Teresa were rejected.

 

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