Lourdes’ statue goes blue for autism awareness


In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden lit the hospital’s iconic 30-foot, 15-ton statue of the Blessed Mother blue on April 2.

The lighting of the statue was in participation of the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, a global initiative that hopes to raise autism awareness by lighting the exterior lights blue of landmarks, bridges and buildings. Famous landmarks that turned blue on April 2 included the Empire State Building, Aspen Mountain in Colorado, Niagara Falls and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Lourdes Child Development Services works with children and families affected by autism.

Lourdes’ statue has stood atop the medical center since its inception in 1950.

The statue was recently lit yellow in honor of Pope Francis. It is lit green each time an organ transplant takes place at the hospital, in an effort to honor all organ donors and raise awareness of the need for future organ donors.