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More than 150 childhood cancer patients, survivors, and their families were on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 18 to ask Congress to continue to support initiatives that can improve research, treatment and outcomes for children with cancer. As part of the second annual Childhood Cancer Action Day event, the Alliance for Childhood Cancer – of which CureSearch is a member - coordinated this day in an effort to advance important legislation that will benefit the 13,500 children newly diagnosed with cancer each year and the 360,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the U.S.
"Families from 31 states, each of whom is armed with deeply personal experiences that inspired them to travel to Washington, came to town to ensure that Congress understands the importance of supporting children with cancer and their families," said Karen McKinley, PsyD, LCSW, co-chair of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer. In all, advocates ranging in age from 4-70 met with their Congressional Representatives and asked them to support the following bills:
Advocates also asked for continued funding for the National Cancer Institute and its investments in childhood cancer research, which is critical to identifying new treatments and completing ongoing clinical trials. Further, they invited members of the House of Representatives who have not already done so to join the bipartisan Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus to help advance legislative efforts to eliminate cancer as a threat to all children.
"We’re excited not only about the day, but about the potential these bills have to make a difference in the lives of the 40,000 children who undergo cancer treatment each year," says Maureen Lilly, co-chair of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer. "We know that through these visits and the grassroots efforts of those who were unable to travel to join us in person, we can demonstrate to Congress the power they have to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, now and into the future."
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