Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer is the St. Baldrick’s Foundation advocacy action network. Together with our advocacy partners, we provide information, training, and resources to help you contact members of Congress to express your views on issues and raise awareness of childhood cancer.
Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer gives a voice to the vast network of volunteers, donors, and participants involved in the work of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, second only to the U.S. government. Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer is a natural next step to the mission of the St. Baldrick's Foundation—funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and giving survivors long and healthy lives.
Join Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer to get information about childhood cancer issues, alerts when your involvement is needed most, tips on communicating with your elected officials - and how you can become an advocate for kids with cancer!
Because members of Congress make important decisions on childhood cancer issues. Last year, Congress approved the FDA Reform Act, which, among other provisions, can help make new drugs available to children with cancer. The federal budget sequester now before Congress includes cuts to federal research agencies that could be devastating to childhood cancer research. New (and returning) House members need to be invited to join the bipartisan Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus and focus their efforts on helping kids with cancer. Now is the time for you to Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer!
Send personalized emails to your elected officials and urge them to support legislation that will improve the lives of children with cancer.
Ask your Representative to join the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, or thank them for already being a Caucus member.
Meet with your Representatives at Town Hall Meetings in their home districts. Invite your elected officials and staff to St. Baldrick's events.
Join Speak Up for Kid's Cancer! for tips and alerts to communicate with your elected officials.
At the end of 2012, Congress delayed the budget sequester (a series of automatic program cuts) until March 2013. Scheduled NCI cuts would affect the operations of the Children’s Oncology Group causing research and clinical trials - which are young patients’ best hope for cures - to come to a halt. FDA budget cuts would diminish the drug development and approval process for patients of all ages, including kids with cancer who have only had two new drugs approved specifically for them in the last 20 years.Read more »
The Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, based in the U.S. House of Representatives, helps members of Congress work together on childhood cancer issues. The Caucus raises awareness about childhood cancer and advocates to prevent the pain, suffering and long-term effects of childhood cancers, and ultimately, to eliminate cancer as a threat to all children. We need you to write to your new/incumbent Representative today and urge them to join the Caucus or extends thanks if they’re already a member.Read more »
A “Frequently Asked Questions” document available for advocates to review before reaching out to Congress.Read more »
The official statement that was sent to each Congressional office.Read more »
This new law seeks to address many of the nation’s healthcare concerns, including the shortage of new drugs for children with cancer.Read more »