WASHINGTON, DC – The odds are you don’t have to look too far to find someone who has been impacted by cancer. Its various forms devastate patients and their loved ones. According to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, every single day, 43 families in the U.S. will be told their child has cancer.
This September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, there is reason for hope.
This past June President Trump signed into law S. 292, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever taken up by Congress. This law will help advance both research on and treatments for pediatric cancer.
In addition, S. 292 will also bolster the surveillance of pediatric cancer and require the National Cancer Advisory Board to have at least one pediatric oncology expert on its board. Members of Congress from all across the country have spoken in support of this legislation, as well as the House’s continued action to promote research, treatment, and prevention efforts for patients battling disease.
“Following on the heels of the 21st Century Cures Act, this is another important step to help find cures and treatments for our smallest patients bravely battling disease,” said #SubEnergy Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).
“It was a privilege to join President Trump today as he signed the Childhood Cancer STAR Act into law,” said #SubHealth Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) upon President Trump signing the bill into law. “Building on the work of the 21st Century Cures Act, this law will help to deliver innovative treatments – and cures – to America’s youngest cancer patients. I am grateful for the young patients and cancer survivors, including 26th District constituent and childhood cancer survivor Sadie Keller, who have shared their stories and advocated for this critical legislation. Now the law of the land, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act offers renewed hope to these children and their families, and fulfills yet another promise to the American people.”
“There are children in every corner of our country who are battling or losing their fight with this ruthless disease,” said Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), who had met with a local family advocating for the bill’s passage.
This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we join with children bravely battling these diseases and with their loved ones. With key initiatives that are now law, like the 21st Century Cures Act and the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, there is tremendous hope that we are closer than ever to ending these debilitating diseases and delivering new treatments and cures.