Update and Action Plan for Childhood Cancer STAR Act
The Childhood Cancer STAR Act - the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever considered by the U.S. Congress - is gaining momentum and needs your help while members are at home for the August recess. When Congress returns in September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, it will be the key time to make a big push for action in both the House and Senate. We have been assured by Congressional Leadership in both chambers that they intend to move the bill this year but we must keep up the steady drum beat of support to let them know how important this legislation is to children and families devastated by childhood cancer. We are asking you to take action today to move this legislation forward by asking your U.S. House Member or U.S. Senator to co-sponsor the Childhood Cancer STAR Act if they have not already.
In the House, we now have 261 members co-sponsoring the bill (109 Republicans and 152 Democrats. In the Senate, we now have 21 Senators signed on (11 Democrats, 10 GOP). An additional 9 Democratic Senators have asked to sign on but we are waiting for additional Republicans to join before we add them.
We came very close to getting this bill passed into law during the previous session of Congress. The House of Representatives passed the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, but unfortunately, the session ended before the bill could pass through the Senate and be signed into law. So although it is a new Congress, with a new agenda and a new set of priorities, our fight to make the Childhood Cancer STAR Act continues with even greater urgency.
Why is the Childhood Cancer STAR Act Important?
The STAR Act is designed to promote greater research efforts for childhood cancer by (a) expanding bio-specimen collections from childhood cancer patients enrolled in NCI-sponsored clinical trials capturing relevant clinical, biological and demographic data, (b) improving childhood cancer surveillance, (c) ensuring the inclusion of at least one pediatric oncologist on the National Cancer Advisory Board, (d) requiring reporting on childhood cancer research projects conducted by the NIH, (e) enhancing research on the late effects of childhood cancers and creating models of care leading to improved quality of life for survivors.
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