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e-3426 (Health)

E-petition
Initiated by Michal Borkowski from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is an aggressive brain tumour found in the brainstem;
  • It slowly takes away all vital functions while cognitive functions remain intact, making the child a prisoner in their own body;
  • It is inoperable and incurable with 0% survival rate;
  • DIPG is the second most common malignant brain tumor in children and the leading cause of brain tumour deaths in children;
  • It occurs equally across gender and affects children typically between 5 - 7 years old;
  • The prognosis and treatments have not improved in more than 40 years;
  • The current strategic plan of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) identifies High Fatality Cancers as high priority and supports innovative research targeting these cancers;
  • the CIHR has allocated only an average of $154k annually to DIPG;
  • Due to limited funding to support research in DIPG, it remains largely unknown or misunderstood to the general public;
  • Most people are unaware that DIPG is the leading cause of brain tumour deaths in children, often not finding out about this disease until they know someone whom it affects; and
  • This declaration would help to educate the public about this disease, encourage funding to support ongoing research, increase dialogue in the professional medical community, further publicize and promote Canada's involvement in the fight against DIPG, and honour the victims of this terrible disease.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to declare May 17 of every year as the National DIPG Day of Awareness across Canada.
Open for signature
May 13, 2021, at 2:06 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 10, 2021, at 2:06 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Julie Dabrusin
Toronto—Danforth
Liberal Caucus
Ontario
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