Lessons Learned in DC: Our Intern's Mid-Summer Update

As I have just passed the halfway point of my internship at Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy, I have begun to realize how instrumental the projects I have worked on this summer will be in pursuit of my future aspirations.

I have had the unique ability, thanks to all those that work at CCCA, to view current oncologists in a unique lighting in comparison to my other classmates. I’ve spent the majority of my summer with those who critique the healthcare system and doctors the most. Due to experiencing the healthcare system in this unique way, I have gained some insights that shadowing doctors could have never taught me:

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Summer News Round-Up

We've seen a lot of really interesting headlines cross our desks in just the past week or so and wanted to share some of these with you in one place for easy digestion:

- "Some adult survivors of childhood cancer unconcerned about health"

- "Up to half of childhood cancer survivors will develop hormone disorders"

-"Meet Lola, a Girl Who Gave Her Final Days to Science"

-”Where childhood cancer hits hardest”

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Authorization to Appropriation: Next Steps for STAR Act

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed the Childhood Cancer STAR Act into law, authorizing $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). 

Now, we work to get the STAR Act fully funded -- and all indications suggest this process is off to a good start! On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that includes funding for implementation of STAR.

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Meet Nicole, our summer intern

As an undergraduate student at the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University, I have had the opportunity to experience life in the small farm town of St. Joseph, Minnesota, engage in a diverse set of classes at two private liberal arts colleges, and gain educational opportunities outside the bounds of Minnesota from professors and staff.

Though it was not the path I had originally intended taking in college, I found myself double majoring in biochemistry and political science by the end of my sophomore year, with a goal of one day becoming a pediatric oncologist.

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STAR Act Becomes Law: $30 million per year authorized to combat childhood cancer

President Donald Trump signed the Childhood Cancer STAR Act into law yesterday, June 5th, authorizing $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). 

Now, we move on to the next step in the process:  securing full funding for the STAR Act. Please join us in thanking Congress for passing STAR and in requesting that the authorized funding be fully appropriated.

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