Neuroblastoma Awareness Month


WHEREAS, neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in the sympathetic nervous system of infants and young children, resulting in tumors that originate in the nerve tissue of the neck, chest, abdomen, or pelvis, but most commonly in the adrenal gland; and

WHEREAS, approximately 650 to 700 children per year are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the United States; and

WHEREAS, for nearly 70% of children first diagnosed with neuroblastoma, the disease has already metastasized, leaving children over the age of 2 with less than a 30% chance of survival; and

WHEREAS, children and infants suffering from nueroblastoma often undergo treatment involving surgery and chemotherapy, and experience prolonged pain and discomfort; and

WHEREAS, the families of children with neuroblastoma face significant financial burdens when it comes to ensuring care; and

WHEREAS, Neuroblastoma Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase support for the research and treatment of this disease and improve the lives of the children who suffer from it;

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