September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 30, 2013
Presidential Proclamation — National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2013


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Every September, America renews our commitment to curing childhood cancer and offers our support to the brave young people who are fighting this disease. Thousands are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, and it remains the leading cause of death by disease for American children under 15. For those children and their families, and in memory of every young person lost to cancer, we unite behind improved treatment, advanced research, and brighter futures for young people everywhere.

Over the past few decades, we have made great strides in the fight against pediatric cancer. Thanks to significant advances in treatment over the last 30 years, the combined 5-year survival rate for children with cancer increased by more than 20 percentage points. Today, a substantial proportion of children diagnosed with cancer can anticipate a time when their illness will be in long-term remission or cured altogether.

My Administration is dedicated to carrying this progress forward. We are funding extensive research into the causes of childhood cancer and its safest and most effective treatments. We also remain committed to easing financial burdens on families supporting a loved one with cancer. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions or set lifetime caps on essential health benefits. As of January 2014, insurers will be prohibited from dropping coverage for patients who choose to participate in a clinical trial, including clinical trials that treat childhood cancer.

All children deserve the chance to dream, discover, and realize their full potential. This month, we extend our support to young people fighting for that opportunity, and we recognize all who commit themselves to advancing the journey toward a cancer-free world.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2013 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage all Americans to join me in reaffirming our commitment to fighting childhood cancer.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


Positively Living Remembers: Israel’s Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Positively Living Remembers: Israel’s Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
by Leslie Godbold

This Monday morning Israel came to a stop, except for the sirens wailing for two minutes. Cars and buses stopped on the roads, Pedestrians stopped their busy lives to bow their heads, businesses shut down and television and radio programs were dedicated in the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

This Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day was dedicated by Israel,  for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. This marks 70 years since the Warsaw ghetto uprising. A symbol of Jewish resistance against the Nazis in World War II that resonates deeply in Israel to this day

The uprising in 1943, Warsaw ghetto, was  the single greatest act of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising became a symbol of struggle against impossible conditions and inspired other acts of uprising and underground resistance by Jews and non-Jews alike.

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Notes: My love, respect and thoughts go to all Jews and their supporters on this Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. May We never forget………. Leslie Godbold