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Governor Larry Hogan Reaffirms State’s Commitment to Fighting Cancer, Hosts Blood Drive

Highlights Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan for Maryland, Signs Executive Order Updating the Maryland Council on Cancer Control

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today reaffirmed the state’s commitment to fighting cancer by highlighting the recently updated Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and by signing an Executive Order that renews the Council on Cancer Control. The governor made today’s announcement outside of the State House, where he is hosting a blood drive and bone marrow registry as part of World Lymphoma Day, which is today, September 15. This evening, Government House will also be lit in red in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s “Light it Red for Lymphoma” movement.

“By signing this Executive Order today, we are making sure that Maryland’s approach to cancer control will continue to be aggressive, comprehensive, and wide-ranging,” said Governor Hogan. “I am also proud that we have completed an updated Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, providing a valuable roadmap for Marylanders involved in cancer prevention and treatment at every level. Our state is truly paving the way in the fight against cancer, and each and every Marylander can join us in this important fight.”

The Executive Order signed today by the governor reaffirms the Council on Cancer Control’s mission of advising public and private organizations, as well as government officials on policies that can reduce the number of Marylanders who develop and ultimately die from cancer. Originally established in 1991, the Council consists of representatives from state agencies, the business community, the health and scientific community, and the general public.

The Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan is a guide for professionals to reduce the burden of cancer in Maryland, and is updated every four years by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with input from 83 public and private stakeholders. The Cancer Plan is far-reaching, and encourages any individual or organization—whether they are involved in planning, directing, implementing, evaluating, or performing research on cancer control—to apply best practices and the appropriate strategies for better cancer control in Maryland.

“Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Maryland, responsible for more than 10,000 deaths each year,” said Health and Mental Hygiene’s Public Health Services Deputy Secretary Dr. Howard Haft. “The Cancer Plan is a needed tool that outlines a comprehensive vision for improving cancer control in Maryland and encourages collaboration among organizations treating and supporting Maryland cancer patients.”

In June 2015, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, he has committed to raising awareness and resources to help support those who are fighting all forms of cancer, and has been involved in numerous cancer outreach initiatives. The governor has been especially active in campaigns that raise awareness for pediatric cancer and support for childhood cancer patients, such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Cool Kids Campaign. In November 2015, Governor Hogan announced that he was 100% cancer-free and in complete remission.

Today’s blood drive and bone marrow registry benefit the American Red CrossThere Goes My Hero, and Delete Blood Cancer.The governor has also signed two statewide proclamations declaring the month of September as Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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