Dear Childhood Cancer Advocate:
On March 13, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) sent a letter to Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Committee requesting funding for childhood cancer surveillance activities in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bill. We are asking for your support in this effort – please contact your Senators and ask that they sign Senator Reed and Isakson’s letter.
The Reed-Isakson letter specifically asks that the committee provide funding to improve childhood cancer surveillance conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These efforts enable researchers to monitor trends and incidences of childhood cancer to better understand the disease, ensure appropriate treatment, and track long-term health outcomes. These goals are consistent with the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act, which was signed into law in 2008.
The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Educations Appropriations Committee has provided funding to the CDC for these activities in the past, which has helped states transform information technology infrastructure through the expansion of electronic reporting. This activity has allowed researchers to rapidly report critical information to state cancer registries. Capturing this data will expand our knowledge about childhood cancer patterns – including diagnoses, treatments, and survivorship – and ultimately enhance treatment for children with cancer.
Please take action today by contacting your Senators and urging them to sign Senator Reed and Isakson’s letter in support of funding for childhood cancer surveillance by filling out the form below.