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NO. R-101. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the public education and medical research programs of the American Cancer Society.

(J.R.H. 72)

Offered by: Representatives Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Dakin of Colchester, Flory of Pittsford, Gervais of Enosburg, Haas of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Kennedy of Chelsea, Ketchum of Bethel, Nuovo of Middlebury and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, cancer is a group of many related diseases that involves out-of-control growth and the spread of abnormal cells, and

Whereas, different types of cancers vary in their rates of growth, and respond to diverse treatments, and

Whereas, one-half of all men and one-third of all women will develop cancer in their lifetimes, and

Whereas, despite the potentially fatal outcome that may await a cancer victim, extensive progress in medical research has occurred in recent years, and the prognosis for many cancer-afflicted individuals is far more optimistic than even a decade ago, and

Whereas, an important reason for the recent steps forward in various forms of cancer treatment is the outstanding work of the American Cancer Society, and

Whereas, the American Cancer Society conducts public education campaigns that promote prevention and early detection as critical to reducing the spread of cancer and the saving of lives, and

Whereas, the American Cancer Society supports medical research designed to find new treatments for all forms of cancer, and

Whereas, the American Cancer Society works collaboratively with organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical schools and hospitals, in the Society’s continuing fight to stem the spread of cancer and find cures, and

Whereas, on Thursday, March 22, the American Cancer Society will hold a legislative breakfast in the State House which will provide an opportunity for legislators to meet and discuss cancer-related issues with the Society’s staff and volunteers and with their own constituents, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the American Cancer Society, and especially the Vermont Chapter, for the Society’s many outstanding programs which seek to educate the public about and find new treatments for cancer, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Chapter of the American Cancer Society in Montpelier.