Welcome to Four Square Clobbers Cancer!
Four-Square Clobbers Cancer is a conversational blog that is dedicated to improving the outcomes of children, adolescents, and young adults who are being treated or have been treated for cancer. The goal is to inform, communicate and collaborate with those in the cancer community.
Four-Square is a very popular game played by children, adolescents and even young adults. Following the rules and reacting to the constant changing path of a big orange ball, the object is to stay in the game as long as possible. It’s kind of like the game of life, where the object is to react favorably to the fast, changing things that come your way, stay healthy, live as long as possible and have fun.
Four-Square by definition is also used as an adjective that means firm and resolute, especially in support of someone or something. “We stand four-square in our conviction to improve the therapies and outcomes of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer.”
Clobber is actually a term used in the game of Four-Square and, coincidently, it means the same thing in the game of life. It’s what everyone wants to do to cancer!
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Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act
The Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act (RACE for Children Act) updates PREA so that it matches the science and extends to cancer.
MakingLaw_edited-1The RACE for Children Act authorizes the FDA to require PREA pediatric studies when a molecular target of an adult cancer drug is relevant to a children’s cancer.
The RACE for Children Act ends the orphan exemption that every new molecular target cancer drug has enjoyed over the past three years.
The RACE for Children Act does not incur costs on taxpayers!
The RACE for Children Act requires companies to give pediatric cancer researchers free supplies of cancer drugs, or conduct the pediatric studies themselves.
The STAR Act
The original STAR Act passed the House of Representatives on December 6, 2016 and went to the Senate where it was too late to get voted on before the end of the session. The process has to be started all over in order to pass in the 115th Congress. The Star Act was officially reintroduced again on February 2, 2017 by Rep. Michael McCaul in the House as HR. 820 and by Senator Jack Reed as S. 292. With House passage last year and the fact we gained a lot of new support in the Senate, we fully expect that passage should come in the first quarter of 2017. What should you do now? Contact your Representative and Senators and ask each of them to cosponsor this important bill. Click Here.