Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2015


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is essential to the happiness and well-being of the Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, although cancer is much less common among children compared to older adults, approximately 1 in 285 children in the US will be diagnosed with the disease before the age of 20, and the American Cancer Society reports that more than 10,000 new cases of childhood cancer are expected to occur among children ages fifteen and under in 2015; and

WHEREAS, due to high participation and advancements in medical treatments, mortality rates in childhood cancer have declined; however, despite such advances, in 2015, 1,250 children under the age of sixteen are expected to lose their battle with cancer; and

WHEREAS, throughout the Commonwealth organizations, advocates, and hospitals work to increase awareness of the signs of childhood cancer, advocate for active cancer screening tests and treatments, and support the families affected by childhood cancer; and

WHEREAS, the determination and bravery with which these children fight their battles against cancer should be recognized and commended by all; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by childhood cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of all forms of childhood cancer continues to be vigorously supported; and

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Mansion will be lighted gold the evening of August 31, 2015, as a unified and symbolic recognition of the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month;

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