Rally Foundation Leads the Charge
Secures $56M in New Federal Funding for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Research

After six years of intense advocacy with Department of Defense (DOD) Subcommittee members, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research announces $56 million in new federal funding this year for cancers affecting children, adolescents and young adults (AYAs). The $56 million is being awarded from the DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ (CDMRP) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program directly to researchers funding 44 projects.

“Cancer is the #1 disease killer of this population, yet when it came to the war on cancer, the brave men and women defending our country were being left behind. I realized that the DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program was in the unique position to make a groundbreaking transformation in healthcare for our active military and their families and help fill a critical gap by investing in research for cancers that specifically affect this young demographic.” – Dean Crowe, Rally Foundation Founder

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WHY ADVOCATE FOR DOD FUNDING

Less than 4% of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cancer research dollars fund childhood cancer research. Rally Founder and CEO, Dean Crowe, was invited to a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. that focused on finding new federal funding to advance childhood cancer research.

Rally took the lead on advocating for funding from the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), which has a $2.3 billion medical research budget. Dean wrote a white paper making a strong case that research for cancers affecting adolescents, young adults (AYAs) and children should be included in this budget. Almost $300M is dedicated to funding cancer research where the average age is 66.

More Than 86% of the Active Military

FALL WITHIN THE NIH’S DEFINITION FOR AYA: AGES 15-39 YEARS OLD

Of the 86% of the Active Military, Almost Half

ARE MARRIED AND/OR HAVE CHILDREN

We Have Unknowingly Left the Brave Men and Women Defending Our Country

BEHIND WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAR ON CANCER. WITH YOUR HELP, WE ARE CHANGING THAT

Cancers Being Researched by the DoD Medical Research Program

HAVE AN AVERAGE AGE OF 66 WHEN DIAGNOSED. WITH YOUR HELP, RALLY HAS LED THE CHARGE FOR THE INCLUSION OF CANCERS IN CHILDREN AND AYA RESULTING IN $9.8 MILLON IN BRAND NEW FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THIS POPULATION.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS

Members of Congress need to hear from you and that childhood cancer research is a priority. You can reach out to your Congressional Members, and it is easier than you think!

1

Send a personalized letter to your Senator or Congressman.

Ask them to support public policies that will improve the lives of those affected by childhood cancer.

2

Encourage your Congressman to join the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus.

Or if they’re already a member, thank them for their dedication and commitment to childhood cancer.

3

Schedule a meeting with a member of Congress if you’re in Washington, D.C.

Or meet with your member when they are in their district office. Download “How to Schedule a Meeting with a Member of Congress.”

4

Share your personal story about why childhood cancer research is important to you.

Email your story to [email protected]

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