Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas Brain tumors are abnormal masses of cells within the brain that grow and multiply uncontrollably, causing life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral and physical effects; and

Whereas Brain tumors do not discriminate and can affect anyone, regardless of race age or gender; and

Whereas Nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor and more than 66,000 new people, including 4,000 children, will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year; and

Whereas Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 20  following leukemia, and the third leading among young adults age 20-39; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to support the quest for better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with brain tumors today and those who will be diagnosed in the future,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 28th, 2013, to be,


Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts