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File #: 160753    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/8/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/8/2016
Title: Recognizing September 2016 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Philadelphia in Honor of Childhood Cancer Patients, Care Givers, Survivors, and Those Children Who Have Succumbed to the Disease; and Urging the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate to Pass House Resolution 3381 and Senate Bill 1883, Both Entitled, "Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2015 or the Childhood Cancer STAR Act".
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature16075300.pdf

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Recognizing September 2016 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Philadelphia in Honor of Childhood Cancer Patients, Care Givers, Survivors, and Those Children Who Have Succumbed to the Disease; and Urging the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate to Pass House Resolution 3381 and Senate Bill 1883, Both Entitled, “Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2015 or the Childhood Cancer STAR Act”.

 

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WHEREAS, September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and every little gesture of support counts; from visiting children’s hospitals to donating teddy bears to making socks for little patients’ feet, giving a little bit of one’s time is just as appreciated as giving part of one’s paycheck for the cause of researching childhood cancers; and

 

WHEREAS, Across the world, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 2 minutes. Each year, approximately 15,780 children between birth and age 19 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Approximately 1 in 285 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th Birthday; and

 

WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists cancer as the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents under age 14 in the United States. There are 12 major types of childhood cancer, and numerous subtypes make it challenging to find cures for every form of childhood cancer; and

 

WHEREAS, Adults lose an average of 15 years of life to cancer, but children lose an average of 71 years of life to cancer. The average age of diagnosis of childhood cancer patients is 6 years old. Despite this comparatively massive loss of productive years, only 4% of United States federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research; and

 

WHEREAS, Despite the significant unmet medical need, pharmaceutical companies have been reluctant to develop drugs appropriate for children with cancer because it requires making an investment in products that are unlikely to cover the high costs associated with their research, development, marketing, and distribution. Only 3 drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat any type of pediatric cancer since the 1980s; and

 

WHEREAS, On July 29, 2015, Representatives Michael McCaul, Chris Van Hollen, and Jackie Speier submitted House Resolution 3381, “Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2015 or the Childhood Cancer STAR Act” in the United States House of Representatives. Senators Jack Reed and Shelley Moore Capito introduced the STAR Act, Senate Bill 1883, in the United States Senate on the same day. The STAR Act focuses on maximizing childhood cancer survivors’ quality of life, moving childhood cancer research forward, and helping children get access to life-saving treatments. It currently has 248 cosponsors in the House and 22 cosponsors in the Senate; and

 

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is fortunate to have two of the top children’s cancer hospitals

in the world, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for

Children, who continuously advance the study and treatment of childhood cancer; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY PHILADELPHIA, That it hereby recognizes September 2016 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Philadelphia in honor of childhood cancer patients, care givers, survivors, and those children who have succumbed to the disease; and urges the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate to pass House Resolution 3381 and Senate Bill 1883, both entitled, “Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2015 or the Childhood Cancer STAR Act”. 

 

FUTHER RESOLVED, That Engrossed copies of this resolution be presented to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, further evidencing the sincere admiration and respect of this legislative body.

 

 

 

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