Here’s what we can do today!
Ever since the President mentioned adding $500 million over 10 years to Childhood Cancer in the State of the Union Address, it 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! The House of Representatives has passed appropriations for the spending bills of NIH and NCI. Now, while the Senate Appropriations Committee is working on the budget the for 2020, we should contact our Senators who are on the committee and try to educate them on why it is so necessary for children to have treatments and drugs that are different from adults. Ask both of your Senators to fully fund the House version of the 2020 budget for: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $41.1 billion, NCI at $6.44 billion; the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, at $30 million, and the President’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative at $50 million.
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.
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