Whereas, the American Cancer Fund for Children and Kids Cancer Connection report cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among American children between infancy and age 15; this tragic disease is detected in nearly 16,000 of our country’s young people each year; and
Whereas, one in five of our nation’s children loses his or her battle with cancer, and many infants, children, and teens will suffer from long-term effects of comprehensive treatment, including secondary cancers; and
Whereas, while the causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown, the American Cancer Society reports that advances in treatment have increased the overall five-year survival rate to approximately 80 percent, giving our young people a better chance at having long and successful lives; and
Whereas, throughout this month, we remember the children and families whose lives have been forever altered by childhood cancer, as well as the dedicated professionals, organizations, individuals, and communities who support and care for them.
Now Therefore I, Tom Reid, by the power vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Pearland, Texas, do hereby proclaim September 2017 as
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
And I ask all citizens both near and far to join with me as we support cancer patients, survivors, their families, and caregivers; remember the lives of those we have lost; and encourage those who are working to improve survival rates and treatments of these devastating diseases.
Given Under My Hand and Seal of Office This 18th Day of September, 2017.