Schakowsky and Mast Introduce Resolution To Recognize Glioblastoma Awareness Day

July 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last month, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18)  introduced a resolution, H.Res. 1004, to designate today, July 22, 2020, as “Glioblastoma Awareness Day.” Glioblastoma is the most aggressive, difficult to treat and deadly brain tumor that results in the death of 10,000 Americans every year.

“Thousands of Americans are diagnosed each year with glioblastoma, including a dear friend of mine. Tragically, this is a brain cancer for which there are no early screening or detection methods,” Rep. Schakowsky said. “The first step to conquering brain tumors is to promote more dialogue that can advance a cure. Our bipartisan and bicameral resolution will increase awareness of this disease and support collaborative research efforts to better understand and treat glioblastoma, or GBM.”

“Glioblastoma is a terrible disease that has impacted the lives of so many in our community. This resolution is about giving hope to every individual who is fighting this disease and honoring the lives of those we’ve lost at its hands,” Rep. Mast said. “By raising awareness of this disease, I’m hopeful that we will continue finding new ways to treat this disease and ultimately find a cure.”

In the FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that the House will vote on next week, Congresswoman Schakowsky helped secure more than $2 billion for neuroscience research and support for additional research on glioblastoma treatment. This resolution builds on these efforts by encouraging public awareness, supporting efforts to develop better treatments, and honoring every individual impacted by glioblastoma.

“The devastating nature of a glioblastoma (GBM) diagnosis is still not well understood by much of the American public,” Chief Executive Officer of National Brain Tumor Society David F. Arons said. “Inaugurated last July following the passage of a Senate Resolution, Glioblastoma Awareness Day provides an opportunity to honor and remember all Americans who have been affected by this disease, raise awareness about the challenges patients and their families face, and take action to defeat this awful cancer. This year, we’re excited and immensely grateful that a number of our champions in the House of Representatives, including Congressman Mast, have stepped forward to make this effort not only bipartisan, but now bicameral in 2020. We urge swift passage of the resolution and look forward to observing the second-annual Glioblastoma Awareness Day with Rep. Mast, and all Americans, on July 22.”

Representatives Schakowsky and Mast were joined by Representatives Jim Langevin (RI-02) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08) in introducing this resolution in the House. A companion resolution was also introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Martha McSally (AZ), Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Ed Markey (MA).

You can find the text of the resolution HERE.

Watch Congresswoman Schakowsky’s video in honor of Glioblastoma Awareness Day HERE: