September, 2014: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States, as well as the federal government, are observing the month of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to memorialize the young lives that have been taken too soon, and to honor those fighting and those that have survived, but yet face major health challenges associated with this disease; and,

WHEREAS, approximately 13,500 children under the age of 18 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and approximately one in five children diagnosed with cancer will die within the first five years; and,

WHEREAS, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death among children under the age of eighteen years according to the most recent statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control; and,

WHEREAS, while progress against some childhood cancers has been made, cure rates for many forms of childhood cancer remain less than fifty percent; and,

WHEREAS, the incidence of childhood cancers is increasing at a more rapid rate than any other age group;

WHEREAS, childhood cancers cross all racial, ethnic, geographic and social backgrounds; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan recognizes the lasting, devastating effects of childhood cancer on the residents of this state; and,

WHEREAS, this month in the State of Michigan, we honor the children fighting the fight, their families and caregivers, the researchers and healthcare professionals, concerned citizen advocates and private philanthropists, who collaborate to provide hope and assistance to the children and their families affected by childhood cancer.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.