2017 Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day


WHEREAS, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a brain tumor that is found in a part of the brain stem that controls essential bodily functions, such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, eyesight, and balance; and

WHEREAS, DIPG affects between 200 and 400 children in the United States each year; and

WHEREAS, brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children; and

WHEREAS, DIPG is the second most common malignant brain tumor found in children and the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors; and,

WHEREAS, prognosis has not improved for children with DIPG in more than 55 years, but new medical technology and research finally offer hope for treatments for children afflicted with this disease; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is pleased to help increase public awareness of this deadly childhood cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 17, 2017, as DIFFUSE INTRINSIC PONTINE GLIOMA (DIPG) AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.