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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Statement on President Biden’s Address to Congress

LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2021) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation issues the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress on April 28, 2021:

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants, supports this commitment to cancer research. President Biden outlined a broad plan to conquer cancer, giving hope to thousands of childhood cancer families across the country.

Despite the enormous challenges so many Americans have faced this past year, kids are still being diagnosed with cancer every day. About 1 in 285 kids in the United States will have cancer before they turn 20, and 1 in 5 kids with cancer in the United States will not survive. Kids with cancer and childhood cancer survivors continue to count on the President and Congress to invest in childhood cancer research.

In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) annually allocates for childhood cancer research, just last year, Congress again specially set aside an additional $80 million for new childhood cancer research initiatives at the NCI. These resources fully fund the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill, for a third consecutive year, and the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative for a second straight year. Thanks to greater advocacy and awareness, and support from policymakers, funding for childhood cancer research at the National Cancer Institute has nearly doubled in recent years, though we still have much more work to do.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation thanks President Biden for his commitment to cancer research and stands ready to work with the Administration and Congress on our shared goal to give kids a lifetime beyond a cancer diagnosis.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Every 2 minutes a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer. In the U.S., 1 in 5 will not survive. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants, is on a mission to give kids a lifetime by supporting the most promising research to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. When you give to St. Baldrick’s, you don’t just give to one hospital – you support virtually every institution with the expertise to treat kids with cancer across the U.S. St. Baldrick’s ensures that children fighting cancer now — and those diagnosed in the future — will have access to the most cutting-edge treatment, by supporting every stage of research, from new ideas in the lab to the development of new therapies, to life-saving clinical trials. Join us at StBaldricks.org and help #GiveKidsaLifetime.