WATERSHED MOMENT: Congress passes the STAR Act!
BREAKING NEWS: The House of Representatives just passed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced.
The Childhood Cancer STAR Act now heads to President Trump to be signed into law!
We thank our champions on Capitol Hill for leading the way toward this huge milestone for our community, especially the original sponsors of the Childhood Cancer STAR Act: Senators Jack Reed (RI), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Chris Van Hollen (MD) and Johnny Isakson (GA) and Representatives Michael McCaul (TX), Jackie Speier (CA), Mike Kelly (PA) and G.K. Butterfield (NC).
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 this monumental 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.
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.
What's next? At the Children's Cause, we have already turned our attention to funding, and work is underway to ensure the STAR Act receives the appropriations it needs for implementation. In the coming days and weeks, we'll be asking you to join in that effort. Please continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and action steps.
Today, we celebrate this landmark day in the fight against childhood cancer. Thank you for helping us get this bill to the White House and - soon - signed into law!