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e-440 (Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Angelina Simmons from Kelowna, British Columbia, on June 23, 2016, at 12:46 p.m. (EDT)
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Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma
National D.I.P.G. Awareness Day
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (D.I.P.G.) is an aggressive, inoperable brainstem tumour with a 0% survival rate;
  • D.I.P.G. is usually diagnosed in normal, healthy children between 5-10 years of age after a sudden onset of symptoms;
  • Children with D.I.P.G. are fully aware of what is happening to their body as they lose their ability to see, walk, chew, swallow, talk, hear, and breathe until their heart finally stops beating;
  • The median survival rate from a D.I.P.G. diagnosis is only 9 months, and 90% of children diagnosed with D.I.P.G. will die within 2 years of diagnosis;
  • 80% of brain tumour deaths in children are from D.I.P.G. tumours;
  • There have been no new advances in treatment options for D.I.P.G. in 50 years;
  • Families, friends, peers, and communities are devastated each year with the loss of more children to D.I.P.G. because there is NO cure; and
  • Raising the awareness of both practicing professionals and the public through a national D.I.P.G. Awareness Day would inspire researcher interest, raise public awareness, encourage D.I.P.G. research funding and, in turn, result in viable treatment options and a cure for D.I.P.G. to save the lives of D.I.P.G. children around the world.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to declare May 15th as National D.I.P.G. Awareness Day across Canada.
Kelowna—Lake Country
Liberal
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on October 31, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00841)
Government response tabled on December 14, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-01)
Open for signature : June 23, 2016, at 12:46 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : October 21, 2016, at 12:46 p.m. (EDT)
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Alberta
219
British Columbia
337
Manitoba
128
New Brunswick
13
Newfoundland and Labrador
13
Northwest Territories
188
Nova Scotia
51
Nunavut
1
Ontario
293
Prince Edward Island
2
Quebec
390
Saskatchewan
131
Yukon
5
Other Countries
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