Join us in calling on Congress to fully fund the Childhood Cancer STAR Act
for the fourth straight year so this comprehensive legislation can continue to make a meaningful impact for kids facing a cancer diagnosis.
The STAR Act was signed into law in June 2018 and is designed to advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing enhanced resources for survivors. The legislation authorized $30 million annually from 2019-2023 for programs and research to combat childhood cancer through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the STAR Act calls for this funding, Congress must explicitly include it in the annual federal budget. Congress fulfilled its commitment for the first three years of this program and now we call on them to ensure these resources are once again appropriated in Fiscal Year 2022.
By raising our voices together, we will do our part to ensure that our lawmakers know that funding the STAR Act is a top priority for the childhood cancer community. Our action alert form makes it quick and easy for you to write a letter to your Members of Congress.
July 2021 Update: The House of Representatives passed a bill that includes full funding for the STAR Act. Use this alert to reach your Senators and ensure that this funding stays intact through the full appropriations process.