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). 

The STAR Act is the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever taken up by Congress. It will expand opportunities for childhood cancer research, improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, and enhance the quality of life for survivors. It also requires the inclusion of a pediatric oncologist on the National Cancer Advisory Board, a critical step toward elevating childhood cancer as a national priority.

We thank our champions on Capitol Hill for leading the way toward this huge milestone for our community, and 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.

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: