A victory for our kids: STAR passes Senate!
We're so thrilled to share with you this good news from Capitol Hill: Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced!
We thank our champions in the Senate for leading the way toward this huge milestone for our community, especially the original sponsors of the Childhood Cancer STAR Act(S.292), Senators Jack Reed (RI), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Chris Van Hollen (MD) and Johnny Isakson (GA).
We also thank each and every one of you who've reached out to your Members of Congress over the past few months - and years. Every email, tweet, phone call and meeting from the tireless advocates in our community played a part in last night's victory for our kids. This has been a true collaborative effort with many organizations working together to get us here. We give special recognition to the coalitions of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer for their leadership.
Now, we turn our full attention to the U.S. House, where 362 members are already cosponsors -- over 80% of the House of Representatives! Our task now is to get the bill to committee and onto the House floor for a vote, so we can get it signed into law as quickly as possible. Please join us in this effort by writing to your Representative to ask for their support in getting this life-saving bill across the finish line.
The bipartisan STAR Act is designed to advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing enhanced resources for survivors. This legislation is the result of many years of hard work from our Congressional champions, our community at large, and this organization. Its proposals are grounded in solid data, smart analysis, and a robust roundtable process that achieved community consensus on top policy priorities.
Thank you for helping us get this bill signed into law.