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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

09/01/2020

WHEREAS, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children; and

WHEREAS, 1 in 285 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer by his or her 20th birthday; and

WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society reports estimates that 11,050 new cases of childhood cancer are expected to occur among children ages fourteen and younger in 2020; and

WHEREAS, two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long-lasting chronic conditions as a result of the treatment they go through; and

WHEREAS, due to major treatment advances in recent decades, 84% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more; however, despite such advances, 1,190 children are expected to die of cancer 2020; and

WHEREAS, the National Cancer Institute recognized the unique research needs of childhood cancer and increased funding to conduct this research; and

WHEREAS, researchers and healthcare professionals work diligently to dedicate their expertise to treat and cure children with cancer; and

WHEREAS, too many children are affected by this deadly disease and more must be done to raise awareness and find a cure for all childhood cancers; 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2020 as CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.