(December 20, 2019) – Washington, DC – St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the nation’s largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research grants, released the following statement from Kathleen Ruddy, Chief Executive Officer, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, regarding the approval of increased funding for childhood cancer research and support for the implementation of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research (STAR) Act in the final Fiscal 2020 spending package.
“As the nation’s largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick’s Foundation applauds the actions taken by Congress and the President to increase funding at record levels for childhood cancer in the Fiscal 2020 final spending agreement. We are grateful to see the strong commitment by the federal government to prioritize the needs of children with cancer including $30 million to fully fund the implementation of the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill in history, and $50 million for the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative. This historic funding increase will enable research to progress more quickly to save more children’s lives. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the White House to ensure that robust and sustained funding for childhood cancer research remains a high priority at the national level and we commend our leaders for upholding their promise to children with cancer.”
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