A few weeks ago, I wrote an article criticizing Congress for passing a resolution declaring a particular day to be National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day, while avoiding passing legislation with the potential to create actual, meaningful changes in people’s lives. People whose families were affected by congenital diaphragmatic hernias were outraged that I would dare to belittle their pain.
I think it’s rotten that people are affected by physical ailments. Truly, I do. However, I don’t know of any case in which a medical doctor has successfully treated any physical illness through the application of a Congressional National Day of Awareness.
Supporters of the campaign to establish a National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day insist that having an official awareness day is very important, because making people aware of a disease makes it more likely that they will give money to an organization that seeks to raise awareness of the disease, so that more money can be raised…
I question the value of these days of awareness, months of awareness, and years of awareness. Do people become more aware of something after Congress passes a resolution declaring a certain time period to be a time of awareness?
Let’s perform a test, readers, to see how much impact these awareness resolutions truly have. Answer the following questions, if you can, to prove that congressional awareness resolutions have made you more aware. Don’t go cheating to look up the answers, now.
When was National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day this year?
When will National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day be?
What did you learn about malaria on April 25, World Malaria Day?
May 19 was National MPS Awareness Day. What is MPS?