National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2023

Citation88 FR 60867
Published date06 September 2023
Record Number2023-19322
CourtExecutive Office Of The President
SectionPresidential Documents
Presidential Documents
Federal Register
Vol. 88, No. 171
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Title 3—
The President
Proclamation 10610 of August 31, 2023
National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2023
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we honor the extraor-
dinary courage, strength, and optimism of the tens of thousands of families
now fighting the leading cause of death by disease for children: cancer.
We remember the bright lives cut short and recommit to ending cancer
as we know it, for all those we have lost and all those we can save.
Cancer is brutal no matter whom it strikes, but it is particularly cruel
when it affects the youngest among us. When they should be learning
in school and playing outside, children with cancer are oftentimes fighting
for their lives in hospitals instead. A cancer diagnosis takes a tremendous
toll on their family, friends, and community. Caregivers are often left strug-
gling to deal with a flood of medical information, to make sense of treatment
options, and to navigate mounting medical bills all while trying to stay
hopeful and steal moments of joy with their loved ones.
Over the past 50 years, cancer researchers have made major advances treating
some types of pediatric cancer—but we have much more to do. Last year,
the First Lady and I reignited the Cancer Moonshot, setting an ambitious
new goal to cut America’s overall cancer death rate by at least half over
the next 25 years, turn more cancers from death sentences into treatable
diseases, and improve support for patients and families. As a first step,
I worked with the Congress to establish the Advanced Research Projects
Agency for Health, securing $2.5 billion in bipartisan funding to develop
breakthroughs in preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer and other deadly
diseases and pioneering partnerships to get those breakthroughs out to pa-
tients and clinics across the Nation. We’re also making lifesaving health
care more affordable for millions of American families, expanding health
care coverage for families through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act,
and helping millions of families save $800 per year on health insurance
At the same time, the National Cancer Institute has developed a National
Cancer Plan to speed up the development of effective cancer treatments,
including those for children. The Institute’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative
is also providing free molecular testing of tumors, further helping my Admin-
istration implement the RACE for Children Act, to quickly identify and
approve precision pediatric cancer drugs. Earlier this year, I was also proud
to sign the Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization Act, boosting funding
for childhood cancer research, including research into late effects of child-
hood cancer treatment and new ways to care for survivors. And as a part
of the Cancer Moonshot, the National Cancer Institute launched the Child-
hood Cancer–Data Integration for Research, Education, Care, and Clinical
Trials, a first-of-its-kind, public-private partnership that will help children,
adolescents, and young adults with cancer and their families reach out
for support, connect to excellent care, and obtain opportunities to participate
in research.
During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we honor the absolute
courage of the tens of thousands of children who fight cancer every day
and all of the loved ones who support them. And we recognize the medical
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professionals, researchers, companies, philanthropies, and academic institu-
tions who search tirelessly for early detection methods, better and safer
treatments and even cures. Together, we will create a cancer-free future
for our kids.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., 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 2023
as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage citizens, gov-
ernment agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, the media,
and other interested groups to increase awareness of what Americans can
do to support the fight against childhood cancer. I encourage anyone experi-
encing uncertainty around risk factors or treatment options, or looking for
other opportunities for support to connect with a trained specialist at 1–
800–4–CANCER or visit
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day
of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-three, and of
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
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