Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer!

Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer is the advocacy action network of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  We provide information and resources to help you become an advocate for children with cancer and survivors. 

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 and receive information about childhood cancer issues, alerts when your help is needed most, and tips on communicating with your elected officials. 

Childhood Cancer Issues

Why is it more important than ever to join Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer?

Because Congress’ actions can impact the lives of kids with cancer and survivors.  Important childhood cancer legislation is now before Congress. One bill could affect the programs available to childhood cancer survivors.  Another bill could approve a federal study to examine any barriers to developing new pediatric oncology drugs. Congress’ action on appropriations will set the level of research funding available to the National Cancer Institute, and in turn, childhood cancer research. 

This is a critical time for you to be involved. Join Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer and:

Send personalized messages to your members of Congress. Urge them to support public policies to improve the lives of kids with cancer and survivors.

Invite your Representative to join the bipartisan Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus and help create a strong voice for kids with cancer in the U.S. House of Representatives. If your Representative is already a member, please thank him/her and tell them of your concern for childhood cancer.

Meet with your members of Congress when they are in their district office, hosting Town Hall Meetings, or when you visit Washington, DC.  Invite members of Congress and their staffers to your St. Baldrick’s event. 

Join or invite a friend to Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer today!

Take action today:

Register for Childhood Cancer Action Days

Join us and our fellow members of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer at Childhood Cancer Action Days in Washington, D.C., June 15-16, 2015.

You'll have the opportunity to use your voice on Capitol Hill to make a difference for kids with cancer, and will receive advocacy training prior to your visits with your representatives.

Register here to join us, or email Danielle.Leach@StBaldricks.org if you have any questions!

Encourage your Representative to join the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus

The Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, based in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Caucus helps members of Congress work together on childhood cancer issues. The bipartisan Caucus is open to Democrats and Republicans and is co-chaired by (founder) Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). 

The Caucus raises awareness about childhood cancer and works to prevent the pain, suffering and long-term effects of childhood cancers, and ultimately, to eliminate cancer as a threat to all children.

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News & Events

  January 2, 2015
Now is the Time to Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer

Now is the perfect time to talk with our 114th Congress about the current funding crisis for pediatric cancer research — the National Cancer Institute (NCI) budget is once again receiving funding levels far below the levels we know are needed to find the necessary cures and treatments for childhood cancer.

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  December 26, 2014
What I Told Our Senators About Childhood Cancer

Our very own Danielle Leach stepped in front of the Senate Cancer Coalition this month to tell her personal story and emphasize the need for more funding for childhood cancer in the National Cancer Institute’s bypass budget. “While it was certainly intimidating, to speak a room full of senators and senior staff, I know that sharing our stories is the only way to get the necessary resources from Congress to tackle childhood cancer,” Danielle said. Here’s what she had to say.

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  December 15, 2014
Childhood Cancer Roundtable Sets the Stage for Action

On December 9, leaders from a host of childhood cancer organizations gathered in Washington, D.C. The assembled leaders of the childhood cancer community met to conduct the essential work necessary to advance our cause of creating better treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

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We Are Working Together

Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer is the advocacy action network of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  We provide information and resources to help you become an advocate for children with cancer and survivors. 

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