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Monumental bill passed to advance pediatric cancer research

One child lost to cancer is one too many. 

Cancer kills more than 2,500 children in the United States each year, with more than 3,500 children diagnosed with cancer each year.

Pediatric cancer is not only heartbreaking, it’s tragically underfunded.

Funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research makes up just 4% of all funding. The result is that children are dying every day waiting for promising treatments that unfortunately lack funding. 

May 22, 2018, was a monumental day for parents and families hopeful for a cure. The “Childhood Cancer Survivorship Treatment Access and Research (STAR) Act” was passed by the Senate and House, and is now being sent to President Trump to be signed into law. 

The Act is meant to advance pediatric cancer research, as well as address some of the critical needs of survivors.

Here is what you need to know about the act:

  • Enhance the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors
  • Move childhood cancer research forward
  • Improve childhood cancer surveillance

Though this is a start, supporters of the Act are encouraging communities to continue advocating for children with cancer. They want this to happen on both the regional and federal level.

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