Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Lymphoma Awareness Day


WHEREAS, lymphoma, the name for a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system, affecting more than 700,000 individuals living in the United States; and

WHEREAS, lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer and the third most common childhood cancer; and

WHEREAS, nearly 80,000 new cases of lymphoma are diagnosed each year in the United States, including 1,880 in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, it is important that individuals are aware of the signs and symptoms of lymphoma as many are common symptoms of less severe, treatable illnesses; and

WHEREAS, symptoms include high fevers, feeling tired, weight loss, chest pain, and painless swelling; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to continuing research toward a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2015 as BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH and September 15, 2015, as LYMPHOMA AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.