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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 17, 2017 11:23 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Cancer Caregivers Recognition Month - May 2017
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating the month of May 2017 as Cancer Caregivers Recognition Month in Pennsylvania to honor the vital role caregivers play in the lives of cancer patients.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 77,710 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Pennsylvania in 2017, and many cancer patients will require support from unpaid caregivers. Known as family caregivers or lay caregivers, unpaid caregivers are primarily a spouse, partner or adult child. Close friends, co-workers and neighbors often fill this role when family is not nearby.

Caregivers are an important part of the health care team and provide a complex array of support tasks that extend across physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional domains. While caring for an individual with cancer can be very stressful and exhausting, requiring emotional, spiritual and physical strength; many caregivers find satisfaction in providing care for a loved one with cancer. Many cancer patients are deeply grateful to their caregivers for their love and dedication, weathering the challenges and setbacks of cancer treatment and sharing the triumphs with them.

Please join me in honoring these caregivers by co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR202