Here’s what we can do today!
Ever since the President mentioned it in the State of the Union Address, Childhood Cancer has been put in the national spotlight. There has been a lot of conversation going on about increasing funding for kids’ cancers. It’s about time! Now, while Congress is working on the budget the President submitted for 2020, we should contact our Representatives and Senators and try to educate them on why it is so necessary for children to have treatments and drugs that are different from adults.
Children’s cancers are not the same as adult cancers. They do not get the same cancers as adults. Today’s chemo’s kill cancer cells which are the fastest growing cells in an adult’s body. In contrast, all cells in a child’s body are fast growing cells. Unfortunately, because of lack of development, we are using adult chemo and radiation and both cause long term side effects for childhood cancer survivors. We need more therapies developed just for kids’ cancers and their unique needs.
Ask your members of Congress to fully fund: The National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, which was passed into law last Summer; and the President’s Childhood Cancer Initiative.
How to contact your Legislators
Everyone has one Representative and two Senators
All you need is a computer linked to the internet and your zip code