Thank you to Michele Williams, ACS CAN volunteer Co-Lead Ambassador for Maryland and to all of the advocates from many health organizations who attended One Voice Against Cancer Day on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to sustain funding for cancer research and prevention programs.
Childhood cancer bill passes the Senate
The U.S. Senate just passed the STAR Act, a bipartisan bill that lays the groundwork for new breakthroughs in researching and treating childhood cancer.
The STAR Act provides the opportunity to:
- Increase funding for childhood cancer research
- Improve data collection so pediatric oncologists can better learn from one another
- Expand research on the long-term effects of childhood cancer treatments
More than 10,000 children will be diagnosed with childhood cancer this year, and far too many will face grueling medical treatments and a lifetime of potential chronic health conditions.
The STAR Act addresses these issues by increasing research for more effective treatments for children fighting cancer and studying the long-term effects of this disease on childhood cancer survivors.
The bill now must go to the House of Representatives. Send a message to your Representative and ask them to pass the STAR Act so the bill can become a law.