Resolution J3137-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013 as Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month in the State of New York



  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim June 2013 as Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month in the  State
of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months  that  are  set aside to increase awareness of certain treatments
that could benefit and affect the lives of  the  citizens  of  New  York
State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013 as Cancer Immunother-
apy Awareness Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Each  year, 12.6 million people worldwide are diagnosed with
cancer, nearly 7.6 million of whom will die; that is  one  person  every
four seconds; and
  WHEREAS, This year alone, more than 108,000 New York residents will be
diagnosed with cancer, more than 34,000 of whom will die; and
  WHEREAS, Cancer immunotherapy, treatments that harness and enhance the
innate  powers of the immune system to fight cancer, represents the most
promising new cancer treatment approach since  the  development  of  the
first chemotherapies in the late 1940s; and
  WHEREAS,  Because  of  the  immune  system's  extraordinary power, its
capacity for memory, its exquisite  specificity,  and  its  central  and
universal  role in human biology, these treatments have the potential to
achieve complete, long-lasting remissions and cancer cures, with few  or
no  side effects, and for any cancer patient, regardless of their cancer
type; and
  WHEREAS, For 60 years, the Cancer  Research  Institute  has  been  the
pioneer  in  advancing  this  highly  promising  new class of treatment;
because of this investment,  cancer  immunotherapy  today  is  a  highly
active  and  exciting  field, with unprecedented potential to deliver on
the decades-long promise of discovering, developing, and delivering safe
and effective treatments that make a meaningful difference in the  lives
of patients fighting the disease; and
  WHEREAS, A series of events have been scheduled to take place through-
out  the  month  of  June to not only teach more about global efforts to
mobilize the immune system against cancer, but also to provide  opportu-
nities  for  individuals  to  get involved and to help save the lives of
more cancer patients; and
  WHEREAS, Wear White for a Cure is a day-long fundraising and awareness
event to be held on June  7,  2013,  where  individuals  wear  white  in
support  of Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month; in addition, 45-minute
free webinars will be offered featuring informative updates from leaders
in cancer immunotherapy; and
  WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater  public  awareness  of
cancer  immunotherapy, and more must be done to increase activity at the
local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo to proclaim June 2013 as Cancer
Immunotherapy Awareness Month in the  State  of  New  York;  and  be  it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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