U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Designating Teen Cancer Awareness Week

Sen. Bob Menendez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) designating the third week in January 2013 as “Teen Cancer Awareness Week.” This is the second year Menendez introduced this resolution to promote awareness of the unique medical and social needs of teens with cancer.

“I am honored to have worked with the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation in designating Teen Cancer Awareness Week after hearing the inspiring story of 17-year-old Alicia Rose DiNatale,” said Menendez. “This designation is an important step towards increasing national awareness of the unique medical and social needs of teenage cancer patients, like Alicia, and recognizing the work of the tremendous foundations that support them, including Victorious.”

“We are overjoyed to witness the national designation of Teen Cancer Awareness Week during third week of January,” said Mario and Gisele DiNatale. “We were very pleased to work with Senator Menendez to see the passage of this important resolution, as it will raise the national profile of teen cancer awareness and bring attention to the constant challenges faced by young people as they fight for their lives every day.”

Alicia Rose DiNatale lived in Voorhees and died from a rare form of cancer at the age of 17. Inspired her spirit and strength of character, her family created the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation which helps young people with cancer maintain a sense of connection to their family, friends, and lifestyle so that they can battle their cancer with full hearts, a solid frame of mind, and determination.

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