Polio Day and Cancer Month proclaimed by City of Chelan

By Richard Uhlhorn

There were two proclamations entered at the Chelan City Council meeting on October 9.

The first was a proclamation for the City of Chelan World Polio Day on Wednesday, October 24. Councilman Dr. Ty Witt read the proclamation into the record.

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Councilman Dr. Ty Witt read a proclamation at the October 9 City Council meeting proclaiming Wednesday, October 24 as World Polio Day. Through the efforts of Rotary International, the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF and the Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation, Polio has almost been eradicated.

Rotary International, which was founded in 1905, encourages members to provide humanitarian service, and to promote good will and peace in the world, launched PolioPlus in 1985 and spearheaded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative which today includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to immunize the children of the world against polio.

Since that time, Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent and the world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease.

Rotary Clubs around the world have contributed more than 1.8 billion dollars and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two and a half billion children in 122 countries.

Rotary is currently working to raise an additional $50 million per year, which would be further leveraged for maximum impact by an additional $100 million annually from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rotary has played a major role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $8 billion to the effort. There are over 2600 Rotary Club members in more than 58 clubs throughout this multi-district area of BC/WA of District 5060 sponsoring service projects to address critical issues such as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy and the environment in their local communities, and abroad.

The proclamation, signed on October 9 by Mayor Cooney, was entered into the public record to note that October 24, 2018 as World Polio Day in the City of Chelan.

In addition to the World Polio Day, Mayor Cooney entered a proclamation dedicating the Month of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about the importance of early detection of breast cancer with national public service organizations, professional associations, and government agencies, who work together to ensure that the NBCAM message is heard by thousands of women and their families

October 19 is National Mammography Day and women are encouraged to make a mammography appoint throughout the month. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. The chance of developing breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is 1 in 8.

On average a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes, and one will die of the disease every 13 minutes. Men are also afflicted and although breast cancer in men in rare it is estimated that 2,470 men will be diagnosed and approximately 460 will die each year.

Death rates from breast cancer have been declining as a result of earlier detection, increased awareness and improved treatment.

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Mayor Cooney read a proclamation making the Month of October
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Mayor Cooney proclaimed the month of October 2018 as NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in the City of Chelan and ask all employees and citizens to join in this worthwhile cause, to celebrate successes and memorialize lost battles.

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Dr. Ty Witt, a local Rotary Club member, introduced cancer survivors at the October 20 Chelan Chase which had 179 participants this year. The proceeds help with cancer research and free and reduced cost mammograms for women who can’t afford them.

On Saturday, October 20, 179 people participated in the 22nd annual Chelan Chase which has been Chelan’s way of raising money for breast cancer research and to give women who cannot afford it, free mammograms at the Lake Chelan Community Hospital.

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