2017 Presidential Proclamation for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
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According to cancer.gov, it is estimated that 15,270 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 years will be diagnosed with cancer and 1,790 will die of the disease in the United States this year. In 2014, the number of survivors of childhood cancer was approximated at 419,000. Those numbers are expected to grow because the incidence of childhood cancer is increasing as well as the survival rate.
Thanks to gifted doctors, nurses, and research, my daughter is one of these survivors.
As it stands, only 4% of government funding goes to childhood cancer research. This means that research is heavily reliant on funding from other sources (foundations, charities, etc...). If we give this horrible disease adequate attention, more people will know where they can best allocate their money to help our kids.
Publicity is important for this message to reach the widest possible audience. Though it has been recognized nationally for longer, since 2010, The President of the United States has declared September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in an Official White House Proclamation. This year, while there were official proclamations from the White House for both ovarian and prostate cancers, there was nothing for childhood cancer. I am asking for the President of the United States to make an official proclamation for the month of September to be recognized (as it has been done in previous years) as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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