Governor Hogan Reaffirms State’s Commitment to Fighting Cancer (VIDEO)

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is reaffirming the state’s commitment to fighting cancer by highlighting the recently updated Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and by signing an Executive Order that renews the Council on Cancer Control.

The governor made today’s announcement outside of the State House, where he is hosting a blood drive and bone marrow registry as part of World Lymphoma Day, which is today, September 15th. Tonight, the Government House is going to be lit up in red in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s “Light it Red for Lymphoma” movement.

“By signing this Executive Order today, we are making sure that Maryland’s approach to cancer control will continue to be aggressive, comprehensive, and wide-ranging,” said Hogan. “I am also proud that we have completed an updated Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, providing a valuable roadmap for Marylanders involved in cancer prevention and treatment at every level. Our state is truly paving the way in the fight against cancer, and each and every Marylander can join us in this important fight.”

“Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Maryland, responsible for more than 10,000 deaths each year,” said Health and Mental Hygiene’s Public Health Services Deputy Secretary Dr. Howard Haft. “The Cancer Plan is a needed tool that outlines a comprehensive vision for improving cancer control in Maryland and encourages collaboration among organizations treating and supporting Maryland cancer patients.”

In June 2015, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, he has committed to raising awareness and resources to help support those who are fighting all forms of cancer, and has been involved in numerous cancer outreach initiatives. The governor has been especially active in campaigns that raise awareness for pediatric cancer and support for childhood cancer patients, such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Cool Kids Campaign.

In November 2015, Governor Hogan announced that he is 100 percent cancer-free and in complete remission.

Today’s blood drive and bone marrow registry benefit the American Red Cross, There Goes My Hero, and Delete Blood Cancer. The governor has also signed two statewide proclamations declaring the month of September as Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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