Elizabeth May to Donate Blood in Support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands, issued the following statement in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:

“Today, there are more than 10,000 children in Canada living with cancer and more than 1,500 new cases are diagnosed annually.”

“In support of the GoldRibbon Campaign blood drive, I will donate blood this Tuesday to honour survivors of childhood cancer, to remember children who lost their lives, and to raise awareness towards pediatric cancer research.”

“Not long ago, a childhood cancer diagnosis was almost certainly a death sentence but thanks to advances in screening, diagnosis, and treatment, survival rates have increased by almost 50% since the 1960s.”

“Canada is a world leader in cancer research, and each day brings us closer to a future where all children diagnosed with cancer can look forward to long and cancer-free lives.  We must continue to support the important work of medical research and to support children and youth who are battling cancer.”