New York City Mayoral Proclamation
Office of the Mayor
City of New York
WHEREAS: Our residents can be proud of the fact that New York’s future has never been brighter. We have made reducing cancer and other non-communicable diseases the focus of our public health policy, implementing groundbreaking initiatives that eliminate smoking in the workplace, require calorie counts to be posted in restaurants, and more. By using creative solutions to tackle our most pressing health issues, we have helped life expectancy in our city reach an all-time high. And that is why we are delighted to join this month in recognizing the Cancer Research Institute, which has been committed to developing smarter, more effective immunotherapy treatments for all forms of cancer for six decades.
WHEREAS: Immunotherapy harnesses the powers of a patient’s immune system to fight cancer and is the most promising new treatment for this disease since the introduction of chemotherapy. Utilizing the immune system’s capacity for memory and specificity, scientists and researchers are hopeful that these therapies could lead to complete, long-lasting remissions, or one day, a cure. Founded in 1953 by Helen Coley Nauts to continue the work of her father, Dr. William B. Coley, the Cancer Research Institute is dedicated exclusively to developing immunotherapy treatments, providing grants and fellowships to researchers around the world.
WHEREAS: This June, people throughout the five boroughs and beyond will unite in celebration of Immunotherapy Awareness Month. Together with its partners and supporters, CRI will host free webinars and encourage individuals to participate in “Wear White for a Cure Day” on the first Friday of the month. White flowers will also be planted along Park Avenue, and the sale of special themed products will raise funds for the Institute’s vital work. I join with all New Yorkers in applauding CRI and those associated with it for their dedication to making a difference in the lives of people across the globe and in looking forward to all this outstanding organization will accomplish in the years to come.
Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, do hereby proclaim June 2013 in the City of New York as: “Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month”
Michael R. Bloomberg