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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 27, 2020 09:58 AM
From: Senator Scott Martin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Designating September 2020 as "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania
I will once again be introducing a resolution designating September 2020 as "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania to help raise awareness for the ongoing fight too many children and their families face to beat cancer.
Now more than ever, Pennsylvanians are making significant efforts to mitigate the spread of disease. However, the importance of washing one’s hands is nothing new for children with compromised immune systems fighting pediatric cancer.
Children all across our state battle pediatric cancer every day with a courage and determination that inspires us all. This inspiration has led to significant steps towards finding a cure and increasing the quality of life for our little warriors. As a result, over the past few years, Pennsylvania has consistently led the way on this issue.
We are home to not only some of the best children’s hospitals, but Penn State’s Dance MaraTHON, the largest student run philanthropy in the world dedicated to defeating pediatric cancer. We have passed crucial pieces of legislation that have aided in fundraising efforts for the cause as well. For example, in the past year alone, Pennsylvanians for the first time were able to donate over $1 million to the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund while renewing licenses, ID’s and registrations with the PA Department of Transportation. Our progress has been invaluable to these children and their families. But while we have had great successes, we still have to keep fighting.
I am proud to introduce this resolution as a statement that we will not rest on this issue and get comfortable while pediatric cancer families and their children continue to fight for their lives. This resolution will honor their fight, as well as recognize the hard work and dedication of the medical professionals who heal, comfort and support these brave kids.

Please join me in cosponsoring this resolution to show our support for our family members, neighbors, friends and colleagues affected by pediatric cancer.

Introduced as SR379