This resolution designates May 17th as DIPG Awareness Day and encourages citizens to become more informed about DIPG, pediatric brain cancer, and the current challenges to the medical research system in designating sufficient research funding for childhood cancers. DIPG is the second most common type of brain cancer in children and responsible for the majority of pediatric brain tumor deaths each year. The resolution also encourages public and private sources of research funding to elevate their consideration of the mortality rate of a type of cancer, as well as the life-years lost, as significant factors to be considered during the grant application process.
This resolution is an important first step in securing the support, attention, and resources needed to develop better treatment options and find a cure.
The DIPG Awareness Resolution is a simple House Resolution, requiring only a House vote to pass. It is not a law. It is apolitical with no funds allocated. What it does: It shines a national spotlight on an issue of human suffering, which has remained in obscurity for decades.