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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-26.  House concurrent resolution honoring Allison Hicks for her self-initiated campaign to prevent and eradicate cervical cancer in Vermont.

(H.C.R.16)

Offered by:  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lenes of Shelburne, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Morley of Barton, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Westman of Cambridge, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, at the age of 29, Allison Hicks was diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost immediately underwent radical surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, and

Whereas, although her health has improved as a result of these medical procedures, they left her unable to bear children, a significant loss for a woman who works professionally with women in the birthing process, and

Whereas, Allison Hicks has now decided to devote considerable time and energy to the reduction and ultimately the elimination of cervical cancer among Vermont women, and

Whereas, cervical cancer results from certain types of a common virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) that, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will affect approximately 80 percent of all women by the time they reach age 50, and

Whereas, within two years of Alison Hicks’s diagnosis, the federal government approved a new vaccine to prevent the occurrence of HPV in women, and

Whereas, she has established the Allison Hicks Cervical Cancer Foundation, the first foundation that a cervical cancer survivor has created to combat the disease, and

Whereas, the $15,000.00 that she has raised for the foundation will be used to pay for cervical and breast cancer exams and will enable 20 women to be among the first in Vermont to receive the HPV vaccination, and

Whereas, the first Allison Hicks Cervical Cancer Screening Day will occur on January 20, and

Whereas, Allison Hicks also serves on the Vermont Cervical Cancer Eradication Task Force, whose goal is to make Vermont the first state in the nation that eliminates cervical cancer, and

Whereas, in recognition of her special commitment and effort to eradicate cervical cancer in Vermont, she was a 2006 Burlington Free Press Vermonter of the Year nominee, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Allison Hicks for her self‑initiated campaign to eradicate and prevent cervical cancer in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Allison Hicks.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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