A coordinated community effort is underway to storm Congress — on foot and online. Childhood cancer organizations throughout the country are joining together to send Congress a message:There are many ways for you to help:
Yesterday, a panel of cancer experts were named to Vice President Joe Biden’s “moonshot” initiative to cure cancer. Read what Danielle Leach, our Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, has to say about this step forward for kids with cancer.
Danielle’s oldest sons, Mateo (left) and Mason. Mason was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 3.
For most families, the dinner table is a safe place. But for me, it’s a constant reminder that my son Mason is not there.
Dinner was always a time where our family shared laughs, ideas and dreams, and our son Mason was often the loudest at the table. He yearned to be heard among the lively bunch that is our family.
Today is International Childhood Cancer Day. We believe all kids deserve to be cancer free, no matter where they are in the world. See how we’re helping kids with cancer globally.
Every three minutes another child is diagnosed with cancer. Worldwide, more than 175,000 children are diagnosed each year. But these statistics don’t tell the whole story.
President Obama recently announced a new national effort to conquer cancer. See how St. Baldrick’s is already at work and how you can help.In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama announced a “moonshot” to cure cancer: a new national effort to conquer cancer once and for all.
We fully support this effort, and together, I believe we have the passion, creativity, and energy to help make it happen.
It has been a remarkable year for childhood cancer on Capitol Hill, and we want to share a few highlights with you!
We’ve been proud to work with the combined childhood cancer community in all of this amazing work. Just take a look at all we have accomplished this year together:
Childhood Cancer STAR Act
After months of negotiations and discussions, we were successful in introducing a bipartisan and bicameral piece of legislation: The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research (STAR) Act (S. 1883/H.R. 3381).
Scott was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 3. After three and a half years of treatment, he took to the Hill in September to get the Childhood Cancer STAR Act on the minds of Congress. Now he’s back to remind everyone of how much work there is left to be done. Read his moving speech below and see how you can make an impact for kids like Scott everywhere.
Scott delivering his speech at the Childhood Cancer Summit in Washington, D.C.
Four years ago, Nancy watched her 3-year-old son, Scott, go from a healthy boy to a child with cancer. This year, she watched him stand before Congress and deliver a speech on the importance of childhood cancer research and the STAR Act. She relives the experience below.
Nancy poses on Capitol Hill with her son, Scott, and St. Baldrick’s CEO Kathleen Ruddy.
If someone had told me back when Scott was first diagnosed that he’d be able to complete three and a half years of treatment, overcome multiple side effects from chemo, and go on to become a happy, vibrant kid who would speak before Congress, I wouldn’t have believed them. It was such a long road.
Two of Carlos Sandi’s three children have been diagnosed with cancer — Althea, who died in 2006, and Phineas, who is now cancer free thanks to childhood cancer research. Carlos takes his family’s story to his representatives in this moving letter.
The Sandi family (left to right): Fiona, Carlos, Phineas and Tina.
I am writing today to ask for your support of the childhood cancer STAR Act. This bill reflects the highest-level legislative priorities as defined by rounds of carefully considered conversation among the many groups comprising the Alliance for Childhood Cancer.
I don’t know what the rubric or algorithm is for deciding if you should co-sponsor a bill, but I can tell you from personal experience that without direct federal support for childhood cancer research in the form of the NIH Pediatric Oncology Branch, my son Phineas would not be spending this week attending a Lego robotics camp; he would be every bit as dead as his older sister who we lost to acute myeloid leukemia in 2006.
Here’s what you should know about the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill to ever hit Congress, and how you can help create change for kids with cancer.
In June, over 300 childhood cancer advocates hit Capitol Hill for Childhood Cancer Action Days. They asked our legislators to make childhood cancer a national priority and to support the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Treatment Access and Research (STAR) Act, a bill that addresses some of the major issues facing the childhood cancer community.
The STAR Act has three main areas of focus:
Our advocacy leaders have been busy working with Congress to make pediatric cancer funding a national priority. While negotiations will continue, the preliminary funding agreements are in from the House and Senate, and we’ve got the details for you right here. (Spoiler alert: There’s good news for pediatric cancer research!)
Advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., for Childhood Cancer Action Days 2015.
All told, 91 childhood cancer organizations came together to sign our letter to Congress, and I’m excited to say that our hard work is starting to pay off!
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