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(Washington, DC) - Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) expressed his continued support for the designation of May 17 as National DIPG Awareness Day. On January 30, 2017, Rep. Knight introduced H.Res. 69 to recognize this important campaign and bring attention to an often-overlooked severe childhood disease. Currently, Rep. Knight's resolutions has broad bipartisan support with 37 co-sponsorships from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

"DIPG effects the lives of  thousands each year and currently does not have a viable cure," said Rep. Knight "By bringing more attention to this fatal disease, we are encouraging private and public stakeholders to invest in the resources needed to improve research and treatment for our kids. The majority of states in the country have already introduced similar resolutions and I'm proud to lead this effort at the federal level."

Janet Demeter, President of Jack's Angels, released the following statement in support of H.Res. 69. Jack's Angels is an Agua Dulce-based nonprofit that advocates for increased funding and research for DIPG.

"There is no more noble a cause for an awareness resolution and awareness day in Brain Tumor Awareness Month than for DIPG, the deadliest pediatric brain cancer for which there has been no progress in over 50 years due to lack of research attention," said Demeter "It's time to prioritize our children and those facing certain death by supporting urgently needed research funding. Thank you Steve Knight, from the bottom of my heart and from the hearts of all of us in the childhood cancer community; and thank you to all of the honorable congressional leaders who have cosponsored this bill."