California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 62

Introduced by Assembly Member Baker

April 29, 2015

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 62—Relative to California Cancer Survivors Day.


ACR 62, as introduced, Baker. California Cancer Survivors Day.

This measure would designate Sunday, June 7, 2015, as California Cancer Survivors Day, to coincide with National Cancer Survivors Day.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual,
2treasured celebration of life that is held in hundreds of communities
3nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It
4is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for
5those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and
6an outreach to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day,
7thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and
8to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful,
9rewarding, and even inspiring; and

10WHEREAS, It is a day for everyone, whether you are a cancer
11survivor, family member, friend, or medical professional. This day
12provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of
13cancer, including America’s more than 14 million cancer survivors,
14to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize
15those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to
16draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship
P2    1in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly
2legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life; and

3WHEREAS, Due to advances in cancer prevention, early
4detection, treatment, and followup care, more people than ever
5before are surviving the disease. In America alone, more than 14
6million people are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer;

8WHEREAS, Nonetheless, surviving cancer can leave a host of
9problems in its wake. Physical, emotional, and financial hardships
10often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Cancer
11survivors are also at a greater risk for developing second cancers
12and other health conditions; and

13WHEREAS, Cancer survivors may face numerous challenges
14during and after treatment, including (1) limited access to cancer
15specialists and promising new treatments; (2) denial of health
16insurance and life insurance coverage; (3) difficulty finding jobs;
17and (4) economic burdens due to mounting medical expenses, lost
18wages, and reduced productivity; and

19WHEREAS, In addition to these challenges, cancer survivors
20may face emotional struggles, strains on personal relationships,
21and profound fear of cancer recurrence. The effects of cancer do
22not simply end when treatment does; and

23WHEREAS, The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
24believes that more resources, research, and survivor-friendly
25legislation are needed to improve the quality of life of cancer
26survivors, both during and after treatment. The Legislature urges
27everyone who participates in National Cancer Survivors Day
28celebrations to not only recognize those who are living with a
29history of cancer, but also raise awareness of the hardship cancer
30survivors face beyond treatment; now, therefore, be it

31Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
32thereof concurring,
That the Legislature designates Sunday, June
337, 2015, as California Cancer Survivors Day, to coincide with
34National Cancer Survivors Day; and be it further

35Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
36of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.