Today we—along with Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Lance Leggitt, Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir, M.D., Director of the National Cancer Institute Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless, and over 200 advocates—took part in a call with the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the President’s childhood cancer initiative. During last week’s State of the Union address, President Trump announced that his budget will include a $500 million pediatric cancer research fund to be distributed over the next 10 years.
As a direct result of our continued advocacy efforts our voices are being heard. Dr. Sharpless acknowledged that we need to find cures for pediatric cancer; rather than continuing to adapt hand-me-down adult treatments for children.
Today’s conversation, the first of many to come, was to address the importance of data sharing to develop an intentional way of accessing research results. We look forward to being an integral part of the efforts that will unfold.
In partnership with TheTruth365, we ask that you send a letter to President Trump detailing why this cause is important to you, in hopes that we convince Congress to see this plan through. Watch the video for more information about how you can help reach the White House with your personal message.
Thank you for your endless efforts. Your voice matters and your hard work is truly paying off. We are being heard, together we are making a difference.
Founder and CEO of Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research