Bill Text: PA HR844 | 2011-2012 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Designating the month of September 2012 as "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania, honoring those young people who have lost their lives to childhood cancer, expressing gratitude to the doctors and nurses who provide special care to patients and families affected by childhood cancer, and encouraging all citizens to join the fight against childhood cancer in this Commonwealth.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 52-29)

Status: (Passed) 2012-09-25 - Adopted (198-0) [HR844 Detail]

Download: Pennsylvania-2011-HR844-Introduced.html

  

 

    

PRINTER'S NO.  4038

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

844

Session of

2012

  

  

INTRODUCED BY BENNINGHOFF, MURPHY, BAKER, BISHOP, BOBACK, BOYD, BROOKS, R. BROWN, BROWNLEE, CALTAGIRONE, CAUSER, CLYMER, D. COSTA, COX, CREIGHTON, DALEY, DAVIS, DELOZIER, DENLINGER, DiGIROLAMO, ELLIS, EVERETT, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, GEIST, GEORGE, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GROVE, HARHART, HELM, HESS, HICKERNELL, HORNAMAN, JAMES, KAUFFMAN, M. K. KELLER, KIRKLAND, KNOWLES, KORTZ, LONGIETTI, MACKENZIE, MAJOR, MARSHALL, MARSICO, MATZIE, MICOZZIE, MILLARD, MILLER, MIRABITO, MOUL, MYERS, OBERLANDER, PICKETT, PYLE, RAVENSTAHL, READSHAW, ROAE, ROCK, ROSS, SANTARSIERO, SAYLOR, CULVER, M. SMITH, SONNEY, STERN, SWANGER, TOEPEL, VEREB, WATERS, WATSON, O'NEILL, STABACK AND HAHN, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Designating the month of September 2012 as "Childhood Cancer

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Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania, honoring those young people

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who have lost their lives to childhood cancer, expressing

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gratitude to the doctors and nurses who provide special care

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to patients and families affected by childhood cancer, and

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encouraging all citizens to join the fight against childhood

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cancer in this Commonwealth.

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WHEREAS, Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of

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children in the United States, killing more children between the

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ages of one and twenty than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis

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and AIDS combined, and is the second leading cause of death

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during childhood, exceeded only by accidents; and 

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WHEREAS, The American Cancer Society estimates that 12,060

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children under 15 years of age will be diagnosed with cancer

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this year and roughly 1,340 will lose their battle against the

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disease; and

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WHEREAS, The potential years of life lost to childhood cancer

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and the potential years of life saved by treatment exceed all

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other cancers with the exception of breast cancer; and

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WHEREAS, Most children cannot be treated at a local hospital,

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and families must face the disruption of moving for treatment at

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a regional cancer center; and

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WHEREAS, Childhood cancer treatment has been called the

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modern miracle because five-year relative survival has improved

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markedly over the past 30 years to approximately 80%; and 

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WHEREAS, There is significant progress that still must be

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made with regard to childhood cancer treatment, because there

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are many types of childhood cancer, and some varieties with

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lower survival rates are still very difficult to treat; and

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WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is a leader in the fight against and

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treatment of childhood cancer with six Children's Oncology Group

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hospitals, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, The

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Geisinger Medical Center,

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Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenburg, Hershey Medical Center and

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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and

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WHEREAS, Two of only ten institutions in the Pediatric Brain

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Tumor Consortium are in Pennsylvania, The Children's Hospital of

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Philadelphia and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and Penn

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State Hershey Children's Hospital is one of only 11 institutions

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nationwide in the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutic

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Consortium; therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the

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month of September 2012 as "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" in

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Pennsylvania; and be it further

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honor those young

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people who have lost their lives to childhood cancer, express

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gratitude to the doctors and nurses who provide special care to

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patients and families affected by childhood cancer, and

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encourage all citizens to join the fight against childhood

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cancer in this Commonwealth.

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