A representative from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation visited Wetaskiwin City Hall Chambers to observe as Mayor Bill Elliot proclaimed the month of October, 2013 as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women and is a serious disease that will affect 23,800 women, 200 men and their families this year.
The proclamation stated, “It is of great importance that money be raised to fund breast cancer research projects and community programs. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation strives to be an effective advocate, a trusted leader, a respectful partner and a resourceful catalyst in creating a future without breast cancer.
Representatives from The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) joined Mayor Bill Elliot as he proclaimed October 2, 2013 as World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Cerebral palsy is a neuromotor disability that affects approximately 3.3 people in every thousand. Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination. It is not a disease.
In Alberta, it is estimated that over 9000 individuals are affected by cerebral palsy. There is more than one diagnosis of cerebral palsy for every 500 children born each year in Alberta and the number of new cases per year has increased by 25 per cent over the past decade. On a worldwide scale, over 17 million people have cerebral palsy.
The proclamation stated, “WHEREAS, Cerebral palsy affects all levels of society and all levels of socioeconomic status; WHEREAS, Cerebral palsy affects an estimated 17 million people worldwide; WHEREAS, The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) is a leader in advocating for persons with disabilities and is the primary center for providing programs, services and information on treatments, resources and services relating to cerebral palsy,
THEREFORE, be it resolved that, I, Bill Elliot, Mayor of the City of Wetaskiwin, do hereby proclaim the 2nd day of October 2013 “World Cerebral Palsy Day” in the City of Wetaskiwin. Given under my hand and official seal this 23th day of September, 2013 at Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada.”