Jun 16 2023

Senate Unanimously Passes Glioblastoma Awareness Day Resolution

WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) designating July 19, 2023 as Glioblastoma Awareness Day. The resolution was cosponsored by U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (I-Arizona), Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Mark Kelly (D-Arizona), Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia).

“Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain cancer and I have seen two of my friends and colleagues, Ted Kennedy and my dearest friend John McCain, lose their battle to it,” said Senator Graham. “This resolution honors my dear friends, all of those who have lost their battle to glioblastoma and the strong individuals battling glioblastoma every day. It will create national awareness to this horrible disease and encourage medical professionals to work together to find a cure.”

The resolution:

  • Designates July 19, 2023 as Glioblastoma Awareness Day.
  • Encourages increased public awareness of glioblastoma.
  • Honors the individuals who have lost their lives to glioblastoma, a devastating disease, or are currently living with it.
  • Supports efforts to develop better treatments for glioblastoma that will improve the long-term prognosis of individuals diagnosed with glioblastoma.
  • Expresses its support for the individuals who are battling brain tumors, as well as the families, friends, and caregivers of those individuals.
  • Urges a collaborative approach to brain tumor research, which is a promising means of advancing the understanding and treatment of glioblastoma.


“Glioblastoma Awareness Day honors Senator John McCain – my personal hero – and the thousands of Americans who have battled or continue to battle glioblastoma, and their caregivers. We’re strengthening efforts to find a cure and develop new treatments for this disease and other brain cancers,” said Senator Sinema. 

“Glioblastoma has taken far too many of our loved ones too early in life,” said Senator Markey. “With more than 240,000 lives lost every year to Glioblastoma in Massachusetts, it’s critical that we raise public awareness and fuel innovation so that we can end this deadly cancer once and for all.”

"The Senate’s unanimous passage of our resolution designating July 19, 2023, as Glioblastoma Awareness Day raises much needed awareness for glioblastoma research. I am grateful for the support of my colleagues in the Senate and the bipartisan effort in the House. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer," said Senator Rubio.

“Glioblastoma is a tragic diagnosis for any family,” said Senator Coons. “In honor of my friends John McCain and Beau Biden, who both lost their lives to this painful cancer, I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing Glioblastoma Awareness Day and supporting the fight for improved treatment outcomes and a cure for GBM.”

“I am happy to be working alongside of Senators Sinema, Kelly, Warren, Markey, T. Scott, Coons, Rubio, Warnock and our partners in the House, Representatives Mast, Gallagher, Auchincloss and Schakowsky. Together we are working to prevent those from suffering from this disease in the future and honor those who have lost their battle to Glioblastoma.” concluded Graham.