Sahara’s Law Signed in Missouri!
13-year-old's memory honored through law

  • Amy Aldridge and Sen. Wayne Wallingford

Like too many other parents, Amy and Shannon Aldridge know what it is to lose a child to cancer. Their 13 year old daughter, Sahara, died from a brainstem glioma nearly 6 years ago. Committed to keeping her memory alive and ensuring that dollars continue to be raised for research, Amy has dedicated the last two years to the passage of Sahara's Law.

Sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and signed into law on June 28, 2013 by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Sahara's Law allows taxpayers to designate a portion of their income tax refund to the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. The Fund is expected to raise approximately $11,000 a year, all of which will be donated to CureSearch for Children's Cancer.

"It is my great hope that this fund will collect many tens of thousands of dollars for research, and ultimately help children from families like ours, who are faced with the terrifying truth that their child has cancer," says Amy.

"We are so grateful to Amy and the Missouri government for making this a reality," says Laura Thrall, president and CEO of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. "This is a wonderful way to honor Sahara and enable us to continue to accelerate the search for cures."

Christine Bork
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