August 1 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day.
Observed annually, National Minority Donor Awareness Day was created to increase
awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities.
This special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to
register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number
needing a transplant.
LifeScience Moment: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Cancer Institute Act.
The National Cancer Institute Act, P.L. 244, 75th Congress, was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 5, 1937, "To provide for, foster,
and aid in coordinating research relating to cancer; to establish the National Cancer Institute; and for other purposes." An appropriation of $700,000 for
each fiscal year was authorized.
Congress made the NCI an operating division of the National Institutes of Health by the Public Health Service Act on July 1, 1944, and Congress
amended the Public Health Service Act with the National Cancer Act in 1971 that broaden the scope and responsibilities of the NCI "in order more effectively
to carry out the national effort against cancer."
It's a Small World
"The least deviation from the truth is multiplied later."
Aristotle, Greek philosopher