U.S. Senators Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema have designated July 17 as Glioblastoma Awareness Day after introducing a resolution Thursday.
The resolution is intended to bring public awareness of glioblastoma and honors those individuals, like Ted Kennedy and John McCain, who have lost their lives to that devastating disease or are currently living with it.
“Getting the heartbreaking news that a loved one has cancer is awful,” said McSally. “Getting the tragic news that a loved one has glioblastoma—like Senator John McCain—is unimaginable. The terrible disease takes individuals from us too soon and too frequently. This resolution is our promise to raise awareness and deliver hope to the patients battling glioblastoma.”
Senator Kyrsten Sinema also spoke on how she hopes the resolution will help further new treatments for glioblastoma and all brain cancers.
“John McCain was a hero and his leadership is a constant inspiration to me. I miss him terribly, and I hope this resolution helps advance new treatments for glioblastoma and all brain cancers.”
Co-sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the resolution will also support efforts to develop better treatments for glioblastoma that will improve the long-term prognosis of individuals diagnosed with glioblastoma.
“Glioblastoma is a devastating brain disease that has taken the lives of two of my very close friends and colleagues, Ted Kennedy and my dearest friend John McCain,” said Graham. “This Senate resolution shines a light on this terrible disease. I want to thank my cosponsors, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Martha McSally, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, and Senator Elizabeth Warren. We are committed to combating and defeating this terrible disease.”
McSally also met with Arizona advocates from the National Brain Tumor Society and voiced her support for patients across the United States battling brain cancer.