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May 17, 2024: Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Awareness Day

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

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

WHEREAS, DIPG is the second-most common malignant brain tumor found in children and the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors; and,

WHEREAS, prognosis has not improved for children with DIPG in more than 35 years, but new medical technology and research offer hope for treatments for children afflicted with this disease; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is committed to helping increase public awareness of this deadly childhood cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2024, as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day in Michigan.