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File #: 0147X-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/9/2021 In control: Hardin
On agenda: 9/13/2021 Final action: 9/16/2021
Title: To declare September 2021 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Columbus and to encourage the residents of Columbus and Central Ohio to support families impacted by childhood cancer.
Sponsors: Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Shannon G. Hardin, Emmanuel V. Remy, Priscilla Tyson

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To declare September 2021 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Columbus and to encourage the residents of Columbus and Central Ohio to support families impacted by childhood cancer.

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WHEREAS, childhood cancer is the number one cause of death from disease among children; and

WHEREAS, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, each year, 16,790 children or 46 children are diagnosed with cancer each day in the United States - 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with childhood cancer in the United States before their 20th birthday; and

WHEREAS, approximately 40,000 children are actively receiving treatment at any given time - the average age for a child being diagnosed with childhood cancer is 6 years old, compared with 66 years for adults’ being diagnosed with cancer - sadly 80% of childhood cancer patients receive a late diagnosis, often being diagnosed with metastic disease due to the delay; and

WHEREAS, since the mid 1970’s there has been an average increase of 0.6 percent in the incidence of childhood cancer each year, resulting in an overall increase of 24 percent over the last 40 years - two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have chronic health conditions as a result of their treatment toxicity, one quarter of them will be classified as severe to life-threatening - half of childhood cancer families will be faced with significant out-of-pocket expenses as a result of this illness; and

WHEREAS, only four new drugs have been approved by the FDA to specifically treat childhood cancer over the last 20 years - the National Cancer Institute recognizes the unique research needs of childhood cancer and the associated need to increase funding for childhood cancer - there are hundreds of nonprofit organizations at the local and national level to include the Friends of the Faith Prudent Foundation which have been helping children and the families of children impacted by cancer to cope with the emotional, educati...

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