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Blood Cancer Awareness Month


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 estimated 1,399,180 people in the U.S. are either living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma; and

WHEREAS, new cases of blood cancer are expected to account for 10 percent of the estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. in 2019; and

WHEREAS, an estimated combined total of 176,200 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer in 2019; and

WHEREAS, leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma are expected to cause the deaths of an estimated 56,770 people in the U.S. in 2019; and

WHEREAS, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients; and

WHEREAS, LLS maintains the National Capital Area Chapter office in Alexandria, Virginia, to help improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is similarly committed to the eradication of these diseases and supports the treatment of blood cancer patients and their families; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages efforts to enhance research funding and education programs that are saving lives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2019 as BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.