Bill Text: TX HR169 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Enrolled

Bill Title: Honoring Smiles from Heaven for its service to and advocacy in behalf of children living with cancer.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2021-03-18 - Reported enrolled [HR169 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HR169-Enrolled.html
  H.R. No. 169
         WHEREAS, Smiles from Heaven, a nonprofit organization
  founded in 2019, is making a positive impact in the lives of
  children who are battling cancer; and
         WHEREAS, Ray and Betsy Sanchez established Smiles from Heaven
  in loving memory of their two-year-old daughter, Bella Serena
  Sanchez, who passed away on April 9, 2019, following her fight with
  leukemia; the organization is dedicated to promoting childhood
  cancer awareness and to giving support, assistance, and hope to
  children and families receiving treatment for pediatric cancer or
  blood disorders; and
         WHEREAS, Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death
  for children past infancy in the United States; each year,
  approximately 175,000 families around the world hear the
  devastating news that their child has cancer, but thanks to
  improvements in treatment, more than 80 percent of patients with
  pediatric cancer in the U.S. will become long-term survivors; and
         WHEREAS, Since its inception, Smiles from Heaven has
  advocated for childhood cancer awareness throughout the state and
  nation in partnership with Be the Match, the South Texas Blood and
  Tissue Center, and GenCure; it has cumulatively served over 1,000
  families, provided free travel totaling more than 1,000 miles to
  specialized treatment centers, and donated some 21,000 miles worth
  of fuel to help allay families' travel expenses; in addition to
  offering financial assistance, the organization hosts support
  groups and other programs to help parents and children cope with the
  emotional stresses that accompany a cancer diagnosis; and
         WHEREAS, Smiles from Heaven has been a source of
  compassionate guidance to South Texas families going through a
  difficult and uncertain journey, and it is a pleasure to recognize
  this commendable organization and the inspiring work it has
  accomplished; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Smiles from Heaven for its service to and
  advocacy in behalf of children living with cancer and extend to all
  those affiliated with the organization sincere best wishes for the
  future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the organization as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 169 was adopted by the House on March
  10, 2021, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House