Children's Cause Welcomes 'Moonshot' Pursuit of Cancer Cure, Urges Prioritization of Children


President Obamaannounceda "new national effort" to cure cancer, to be led by Vice President Joe Biden, in the President’s last State of the Union address.  We thank President Obama and Vice President Biden for their leadership and their commitment to accelerating progress in the fight against cancer.

“Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade,” President Obama said. “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.”

The President’s call to action is timely, given the rapid advances in cancer medicine. We urge the Administration to put children with cancer at the forefront of this movement. As a parent who has lost a son to cancer, we know Vice President Biden has a very personal understanding of the acute need for new therapies to treat cancers that cannot be cured with standard chemotherapies.

Vice President Biden’sown statementabout the Moonshot initiative highlighted the need to translate science into cures: “Innovations in data and technology offer the promise to speed research advances and improve care delivery. But the science, data, and research results are trapped in silos, preventing faster progress and greater reach to patients. It’s not just about developing game-changing treatments – it’s about delivering them to those who need them.”

Vice President Biden is kicking off his 'moonshot' by meeting with leading physicians, researchers and policymakers this month. As this initiative progresses, the Children’s Cause will seek every opportunity to make the unique needs and perspectives of children with cancer heard in this important national dialogue.