Sahara's Law Passed By Senate
Bill could lead to increased funding for children's cancer research


Many people know the story of Sahara Aldridge, the 13-year-old Cape Girardeau girl who died in 2007 from a brainstem glioma. Nicknamed "Hoops," her parents started a fundraiser in 2010 named in her honor: Hoops for Life. The 5K run/walk has helped raise money for pediatric brain tumor research.

Thousands of dollars have been raised through the fundraiser, and more could soon be on the way for pediatric cancer research if a bill making its way through the House becomes law.

Introduced in the Senate by state Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, Senate Bill 35, commonly referred to as Sahara's Law, would add a checkoff box to individual and corporate state tax forms. Those filing could donate a portion of their tax returns -- a minimum of $1 -- to CureSearch for Children's Cancer.

Several checkoff boxes for charities already are on the books, and, according to Wallingford, the average fund collected $11,800 in fiscal year 2012.

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Christine Bork
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