FEBRUARY 4 NAMED CANCER PREVENTION DAY IN STATE OF VIRGINIA
Resolution SJ 358 passed February 3, 2011 in the Virginia State Senate honoring the work of Less Cancer and naming February 4, 2011, and every succeeding February 4, as Cancer Prevention Day in the state of Virginia.
Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel introduced the resolution and was instrumental in its passage. She said, “It is my honor to undertake the work to establish Cancer Prevention Day in the Commonwealth. The more energy and resources that we direct toward awareness, education and prevention, the more lives we save.”
In 2007, Jill was elected to the State Senate of Virginia, representing Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, Fauquier County and parts of Loudoun County. She serves on numerous committees and working groups, including the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, the Committee on General Laws and Technology, and the Privileges and Elections Committee. She has co-chaired the Joint Subcommittee to Study Development and Land Use Tools and is a member of the Rappahannock River Basin Commission.
In 2010, Jill was appointed to the Prison Re-Entry Commission and the Governor’s Transportation Workgroup.
Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Jill is a wife, mother, and small business owner. She volunteers her time helping civic and charitable organizations, and she resides in Fauquier County with her husband and children.
Bill Couzens, Founder and President of the nonprofit Next Generation Choices Foundation and the Less Cancer Campaign, has worked to raise awareness for the reduction of cancer risks.
Founded in 2004, Next Generation Choices Foundation partners with communities to create and dispense educational tools that focus on environmental health advocacy and lifestyle choices.
The public charity was formed in response to the escalating cases of cancer and the lack of education and knowledge about potential causes. Couzens has been recognized by Congress in addition to the Commonwealth of Virginia for his work in initiating and creating best practices to reduce pesticide drift in health effected communities such as schools. He has been published in a number of periodicals and has been a speaker on the topic of reducing harmful environmental exposures linked to cancer. Couzens is a frequent blogger whose posts are often seen and read on the World Wide Web.
February 4, Cancer Prevention Day, will be celebrated with a public declaration on the floor of
the state senate.
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 358
Offered January 12, 2011
Prefiled January 12, 2011
Designating February 4, in 2011 and in each succeeding year, as Cancer Prevention Day in
Referred to Committee on Rules
WHEREAS, cancer is the leading cause of death around the world; and
WHEREAS, during the 10-year period from 1995 to 2004, the rate of new cancer cases in
Virginia increased by 10 percent; and
WHEREAS, the most common cancers in Virginia—prostate, lung, and colorectal for men and
breast, lung, and colorectal for women—are also among the most preventable; and
WHEREAS, the 2008 – 2012 Virginia Cancer Plan developed by the Virginia Cancer Plan
Action Coalition contains specific goals and strategies related to prevention in the hopes of
reducing the rates of cancer in Virginians; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly
designate February 4, in 2011 and in each succeeding year, as Cancer Prevention Day in
Virginia; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to the
Virginia Cancer Plan Action Coalition so that members of the Coalition may be apprised of the of the
sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it
RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the Senate post the designation of this day on the General Assembly’s website.