House adopts Cruz resolutions to promote awareness of child diseases

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted resolutions introduced by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., that are designed to draw attention to newborn screening of treatable childhood conditions.

All three resolutions designate the awareness for September 2018 in Pennsylvania: H.R. 1013 for “Newborn Screening Awareness Month;” H.R. 1014 for “Leukodystrophy Awareness Month;” and H.R. 1015 for “Krabbe Disease Awareness Month.”

“As part of my continued advocacy on behalf of children and families affected by these diseases, I want to raise awareness about Krabbe, leukodystrophies and the necessity of newborn screening,” Cruz said. “It is essential that families and health professionals are aware of the importance of early detection.”

If caught early, many diseases which are screened for can be treated and symptoms mitigated.

Cruz noted that his newborn screening legislation, Act 148 of 2014, expanded newborn screening in Pennsylvania and he continues to push for additional screening, as well as a more efficient newborn screening program in Pennsylvania.


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