Friday, March 2nd, Nation Dress In Blue Day, turned out to be a wonderful day. Many thanks to Mayor Teresa Jacobs and her staff for making Friday a successful event; with many visitors and survivors present in the county chambers, a proclamation was read then given to Charlie issued by the mayor that states:
WHEREAS, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and a life is lost to the disease every 10 minutes; and
WHEREAS, 1 in 19 people will develop colon cancer, and this year, 142,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer will be diagnosed in America with nearly 50,000 deaths expected; and
WHEREAS, education and increased awareness can help inform the public of methods of prevention and the early detection of colon cancer; and
WHEREAS, a simple screening test is recommended to individuals over age 50 and those with a family history to help combat the disease and it through recommended screenings that this cancer can be caught early when treatment is most effective; and
WHEREAS, Orange County has joined with the Colon Cancer Alliance in an effort to increase screening and save lives in Florida and across the country and the Dress In Blue Day program will help bring greater awareness to the disease and the importance of being screened:
NOW THEREFORE, I, Teresa Jacobs, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Orange County Mayor, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2012 as
Dress in Blue Day
in Orange County, Florida and encourage all individuals to work together to promote awareness and understanding of colon cancer and the need for screening to eradicate the disease.
DONE AND ORDERED this 23rd day of February, 2012.
Mayor Jacobs has also been touched by this dread disease, having lost her grandfather to colon cancer. She was very gracious as you will see in the video…here are a few pictures from the event; as soon as I get the group picture back I will post it…
Charlie, Mayor Jacobs, and fellow survivors