No matter where you live, an important way you can lend your support to the fight against sarcoma awareness is by helping make July formally recognized by Congress as National Sarcoma Awareness Month.
In an effort to increase awareness of sarcoma, the nonprofit organization Sarcoma Alliance is calling on everyone to help rally support for the designation of a month for sarcoma awareness.
A previous resolution backing July as Sarcoma Awareness Month died with the old Congress, but Rep. Kathy Castor, D-FL, reintroduced it as resolution H.RES. 78 in February 2013.
Survivors, family, friends and supporters of sarcoma awareness are encouraged to write, email and call their Representatives in Washington to ask that they co sponsor the resolution. If the resolution is able to receive further support from members of the House, the greater likelihood that it will be approved.
Click here to find your Representative and their contact information.
The previous version of the resolution has received support from other members of the House of Representatives, specifically Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA); Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Jim McDermott (D-WA).
You can find out more information about the opposition the resolution may face in the House of Representatives by checking out Sarcoma Alliance board member Suzie Siegel’s editorial in The Tampa Tribune.
Anyone affected by sarcoma is encouraged to participate in this cause to raise awareness. Through your help at home and our representatives’ work in Congress, we can come together to secure July officially designated as National Sarcoma Awareness Month.
Here’s what House Resolution 722 says:
Expressing support for designation of July as National Sarcoma Awareness Month.
Whereas sarcoma is a cancer of connective tissues, such as nerves, muscles, joints, fat, bones, and blood vessels, and it can arise anywhere in the body;
Whereas more than 13,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with sarcoma last year, more than 5,000 died, and 50,000 are struggling with the disease at any one time;
Whereas 1 percent of the cancers diagnosed in adults and 15 percent of cancers diagnosed in children each year are sarcoma;
Whereas more than 50 subtypes of sarcomas have been identified;
Whereas the National Cancer Institute recognizes that sarcoma is often misdiagnosed and underreported; and
Whereas July would be an appropriate month to designate as National Sarcoma Awareness Month to raise awareness of the disease and encourage more individuals to get properly diagnosed and treated: Now, therefore, be it
That the House of Representatives supports the designation of National Sarcoma Awareness Month.
A few important links:
2. Details on the work of the Sarcoma Alliance to officially designate July as Sarcoma Awareness Month.