Sometimes politics *does* involve brain surgery
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner made the following statement today in the Commons, with a shout-out to "Trevor."
In case anyone is wondering, he's talking about Trevor Harrison, a young staffer in Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's office, who is recovering nicely (we're happy to report) from recent brain surgery to remove a tumour. I know I'm among many who have been sending positive thoughts in Trevor's direction these past few weeks and judging from his cameo appearances on the Hill in recent days, we shouldn't be surprised to see him back at work soon. Anyway, here's the statement:
Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Cape Breton—Canso, Lib.) Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Cape Breton—Canso, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the month of October is Brain Tumour Awareness Month in Canada.
Over 55,000 Canadians are currently living with a brain tumour. Over 10,000 more will be diagnosed with a tumour this year, one-third of which are children like my little buddy, Trevor.
Brain tumours do not discriminate. Adults, seniors, children are all vulnerable to the prospect of this form of cancer.
These tumours can sometimes go undetected for months, even years making the timing of diagnosis and early treatment especially crucial.
In the past few decades great strides have been made in learning more about this unique form of cancer but much more work and research remains. This research not only helps those in the hunt for a cure, it also helps those afflicted with this disease to live richer lives under often difficult and debilitating circumstances.
The motto of the awareness month is “Imagine a Cure”. It is up to us to make sure that in our lifetimes we do not only imagine it, but we realize that cure.