Amended in Assembly June 2, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 62


Introduced by Assembly Member Baker

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Atkins, Bigelow, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chiu, Chu, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gonzalez, Gordon, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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April 29, 2015


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

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 62, as amended, 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
P1    1an outreach to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day,
2thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and
3to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful,
4rewarding, and even inspiring; and

5WHEREAS, It is a day for everyone, whether you are a cancer
6survivor, family member, friend, or medical professional. This day
7provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of
8cancer, including America’s more than 14 million cancer survivors,
9to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize
10those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to
11draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship
12in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly
13legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life; and

14WHEREAS, Due to advances in cancer prevention, early
15detection, treatment, and followup care, more people than ever
16before are surviving the disease. In America alone, more than 14
17million people are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer;
18and

19WHEREAS, Nonetheless, surviving cancer can leave a host of
20problems in its wake. Physical, emotional, and financial hardships
21often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Cancer
22survivors are also at a greater risk for developing second cancers
23and other health conditions; and

24WHEREAS, Cancer survivors may face numerous challenges
25during and after treatment, including (1) limited access to cancer
26specialists and promising new treatments; (2) denial of health
27insurance and life insurance coverage; (3) difficulty finding jobs;
28and (4) economic burdens due to mounting medical expenses, lost
29wages, and reduced productivity; and

30WHEREAS, In addition to these challenges, cancer survivors
31may face emotional struggles, strains on personal relationships,
32and profound fear of cancer recurrence. The effects of cancer do
33not simply end when treatment does; and

34WHEREAS, The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
35believes that more resources, research, and survivor-friendly
36legislation are needed to improve the quality of life of cancer
37survivors, both during and after treatment. The Legislature urges
38everyone who participates in National Cancer Survivors Day
39celebrations to not only recognize those who are living with a
P3    1history of cancer, but also raise awareness of the hardship cancer
2survivors face beyond treatment; now, therefore, be it

3Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
4thereof concurring,
That the Legislature designates Sunday, June
57, 2015, as California Cancer Survivors Day, to coincide with
6National Cancer Survivors Day; and be it further

7Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
8of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.



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