S. 1521 – The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act
Here is a template to use to write your Senator:
My name is _____________________ and I am a constituent in (Your State). The reason I am writing is because I would like you to cosponsor the S. 1521 The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0. The House companion bill HR. 623 passed in the House on July 27, 2022.
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, in 2014 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 five year reauthorization which will ensure there is no gap in essential research and data collection.
Research for childhood cancer and rare disease have been neglected. We need to make our children a priority. As your constituent, I want you to cosponsor S. 1521 https://wp.me/P2TETU-2EE which will allow this most important work to continue.
Below are some good points to keep in mind when calling and talking to the Senator’s staff about The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0:
Originally, in 2014 Congress passed the successful Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act as a ten year NIH program which sunsets in 2023. Because of the success of the original Kids First Program and it’s Data Resource Center, Representative Jennifer Wexton (VA10) introduced the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0 (HR 623) in the House which passed on July 27, 2022. The Senate companion bill, introduced by Senator Tim Kaine, is S. 1521 and will match the language of the House bill and also reauthorize Kids First for five more years which will ensure there is no gap in essential research and data collection.
Cosponsors of S. 1521 include 8 Senators. 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 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 S. 1521 – Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0
Copy the below exactly as shown below, paste Senator’s twitter handle for your state, and Tweet!
Senator twitter handle here Please continue to build on the success of the original Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act by cosponsoring S.1521 introduced by Senator Kaine, D-VA & Senator Bill Cassidy R-LA. https://wp.me/P2TETU-2EE #ChildhoodCancer #GMKF2
After you copy and paste your tweet, adding your Senator’s twitter handle, and press “Tweet” when done, your tweet should look like this:
Put a face on childhood cancer! August is a great time to meet in the local state office during this recess. While your Senators are in Washington the majority of time, they are in their district offices very often. When they are in their district office, it is a great time for you to make an impact on your legislators by putting a face on childhood cancer and showing how all children, adolescents and young adults can benefit from good legislation such as The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0 and other legislation for which you wish to solicit their support. Click here for easy to follow instructions for a successful meeting with your Senator or their staff.