More than 100 Cosponsors for Kids First 2.0

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Here is a template to use to write your Representative in Congress:

Dear (Elected official here)

My name is _____________________ and I am a constituent in your (district/state). The reason I am writing is because I would like you to cosponsor the The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0.

Briefly share your story here in no more than one to two parpgraphs, 

Suggested beginings: My child was diagnosed with _____ in (Year),  I am a Doctor (title),   I am a researcher at…,   My grandchild was diagnosed, etc.

Originally, Congress passed the successful the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act as a ten year program which sunsets in 2023. The new Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0 is a reauthorization will ensure there is no gap in essential research and data collection. Please review the one pager for comprehensive details.

Research for childhood cancer and rare diease have been neglected. We need to make our children a priority. As your constituent I want you to cosponsor this reauthorization which will allow this most important work to continue.

Sincerely,

Name

Phone Number


Below are some good points to keep in mind when talking  to staff about The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0:

Because of the successes of Kids First Program and Data Resource Center, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA10), along with 17 other bipartisan cosponsors, introduced the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0 (HR 623) which will reauthorize Kids First and will, over the next five year period, be able to expand a truly comprehensive SHARED-DATA resource for scientists researching the majority of pediatric cancers and rare disease, and will continue to support development of computational tools to analyze very large, complex genomic, and clinical data sets.

Cosponsors include more than 98 Representatives and 7 Senators.  On May 18, 2022, Kids First 2.0 was overwhelming passed (53 to 0) by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee and amended to a five-year reauthorization of $25 million per year. As of this writing, there are over 300 foundations and organizations including the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and more than 1,600 advocates covering all 50 states, who have signed a letter of support to the  House and Senate for this new bill.

Your support is essential now to build upon the successful work that has already been done and to expand and enhance our capabilities in the future. Please consider cosponsoring H.R. 623 – Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0


After talking to the Representative’s office, they may want to have a “one-pager” sent to them.  Please send them this one-pager link which will give them much more information: https://wp.me/P2TETU-1YO