We made real progress this year on important policy issues impacting children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors. As the year comes to a close, we want to thank you for your support and share some of the highlights of our year with you.
We kicked off 2016 with a refresh, welcoming a new CEO and launching a brand-new website. From there, we took off running full speed ahead!
- We launched the Kids Action Network, a new grassroots advocacy program to create a cadre of engaged and effective advocates around the country. (Join here!)
- The 5th Annual Alliance for Childhood Cancer Action Day brought approximately 200 advocates to DC, resulting in a big STAR Act milestone: within days of advocates’ visits to Capitol Hill, more than half of the U.S. House had become co-sponsors!
- In June, the Children’s Cause hosted a Congressional briefing about critical childhood cancer survivorship issues.
- A notable mention during September’s busy slate of Awareness Month activities was the release of the childhood cancer landscape report, "Translating Discovery into Cures for Children with Cancer." Our president and founder Susan Weiner served on the report’s 7-person Steering Committee.
- In October, we co-hosted a Pediatric Oncology Workshop with PhRMA and BIO, convening a wide range of stakeholders to discuss challenges in developing new drugs for children with cancer and exploring potential approaches to solving them.
- Last month, we presented the inaugural Rosen Research Award to Mary McCabe at our annual New York Reception. Ms. McCabe is the Director of the Cancer Survivorship Initiative and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, where she plans to initiate a guest lectureship focused on the ethics issues related to the development of new therapies for children.
- And in this final month of the year, we celebrated the STAR Act's passage in the House of Representatives. Despite its failure to advance in the Senate, its House passage was a landmark moment for our community. We also launched a new monthly advocacy webinar series, diving into childhood cancer policy prospects under the new Congress and Administration in the first installment.
We're proud of the year we've had, and we're grateful for friends like you who make this progress possible. As we look ahead to a new slate of challenges and opportunities in 2017, we need you to stick with us -- there's much more work to be done, and we can't do it without you. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift before the year is over to help us enter the new year with strength: Give now.
Thank you for all that you do to help us create a world where every child with cancer can live a long and healthy life.