September 2015: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, The American Cancer Fund for Children and Kids Cancer Connection report cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between infancy and age 15. This tragic disease is detected in nearly 15,000 of our country's young people every year; and,

WHEREAS, One in five of our nation's children loses his or her battle with cancer.  Many infants, children and teens will suffer from long-term effects of comprehensive treatment, including secondary cancers; and,

WHEREAS, The American Cancer Fund for Children and Kids Cancer Connection provide a variety of vital patient psychosocial services to children undergoing cancer treatment at multiple hospitals in Michigan, as well as participating hospitals throughout the country, thereby enhancing the quality of life for these children and their families; and,

WHEREAS, The American Cancer Fund for Children and Kids Cancer Connection also sponsor Courageous Kid Recognition Award ceremonies, community get well cards and hospital celebrations in honor of a child's determination and bravery to fight the battle against childhood cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September, 2015 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.