May 17, 2018: Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) affects between 200 and 400 children in the US each year; and,

WHEREAS, brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children; and,

WHEREAS, DIPG is the second most common malignant brain tumor found in children; and,

WHEREAS, DIPG is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors. The median survival is only 9 months and the five-year survival is less than 1%; and,

WHEREAS, given the age at diagnosis and the average life expectancy, the number of life years lost annually because of DIPG is approximately 25,000 years (calculated as the number of children diagnosed multiplied by average male and female life expectancy from that median age, 300 x 80 = 25,000 years of person life lost annually); and,

WHEREAS, prognosis has not improved for children with DIPG in over 35 years;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2018 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day.