2017 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, childhood cancer affects more than 15,000 of our country’s young people each year, 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 younger in 2017; and

WHEREAS, due to high participation and advancements in medical treatments, mortality rates in childhood cancer have declined over the past four decades; however, despite such advances, in 2017, 1,190 children ages fourteen and younger are expected to lose their battle with cancer; and

WHEREAS, researchers and healthcare professionals work diligently to improve the quality of life for children 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, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have created several funding initiatives to help combat cancer; 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2017 as CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.