WHEREAS, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a brain tumor that is found in a part of the brain stem that controls essential bodily functions, such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, eyesight, and balance; and
WHEREAS, DIPG affects between 200 and 400 children in the United States each year; and
WHEREAS, brain tumors are the second most common type of cancer in children, and are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children; and
WHEREAS, DIPG is the leading cause of childhood death from pediatric brain tumors; and
WHEREAS, prognosis has not improved for children with DIPG in more than 30 years, but new medical technology and research finally offer hope for treatments for children afflicted with this disease; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is pleased to help increase public awareness of this deadly childhood cancer;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 17, 2019, as DIFFUSE INTRINSIC PONTINE GLIOMA (DIPG) AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.