Ependymoma Awareness Day


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and

WHEREAS, an ependymoma is a tumor that arises from the cells lining the ventricles (the fluid containing spaces within the brain) and the central canal within the spinal cord, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumors, there are: myxopapillary ependymomas, classic and variant ependymomas, and anaplastic ependymomas; and

WHEREAS, adult and pediatric cancers are often thought of and treated separately, but a collaborative group of scientists and health care providers have joined together to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and lives of people living with ependymoma; and

WHEREAS, these varied practitioners are dedicated to the highest professional standards and maintain these standards through education, ongoing clinical research, and personal commitments to improve the lives of people living with ependymoma; and

WHEREAS, people of all ages seek information to improve the diagnosis and treatment of, and survival from, this primary brain and central nervous system cancer which impacts their lives; and

WHEREAS, although surgical removal of the tumor and radiation treatments enhance life for some time for people with ependymoma, increased education and research are needed to find more effective treatments and to discover cures; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that those with ependymoma, their families, and health care providers understand the full range of available treatments and seek competent and professional care;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 10, 2014, as EPENDYMOMA AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.