The state Capitol has its scandals, gridlock and political battles, but there can also be poignant and heartfelt moments, too.
Yesterday, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, fought back tears as she introduced a resolution on the Assembly floor to commemorate Ependymoma Awareness Day, which is Thursday.
Lifton’s granddaughter, Mira, died at age 4 from the rare type of cancerous brain tumor.
“We lost her unfortunately after a 2 ½ year battle,” Lifton said, pausing to stop from crying. “She was an amazing and brave child. I have a wonderful picture of her. We went to the San Diego Zoo and even after two brain surgeries, after chemotherapy, after radiation, she was vivacious.”
Lifton talked about the importance of early detection and education about the cancer and how 60 percent of cases can be treated with the proper care. Her daughter runs Mira’s Movement to raise awareness about it.
“While there is great hope with research and clinical trials, not enough has happened ton increase the survival rates, especially for brain cancer,” Lifton said. “But there is much hope.”
The resolution passed unanimously.