Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
Rally is spearheading a collaborative request of a $30 million line item for a Peer-Reviewed Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Cancer Research Program within the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Congressman McCaul (R-TX) and Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) have submitted the appropriations request. So far, over 220 organizations, 550 individual patient advocates, and 50 researchers and oncologists from all across the country are supporting the request.
For a summary of the request, click here. To view the white paper, a detailed report providing more information on the issue, click here.
To view the support letter and signatories, click here.
Support this request
Why do we need your support and signature?
- Adolescents and young adults (AYA) make up 86% of the active military and when you factor in their spouses and children, more than 90% fall in to the AYA and pediatric population so it only makes sense that there should be a line item specifically to study the cancers that affect this age range
- The NIH states that cancer is the #1 disease killer of AYA and pediatric citizens. The biology of the cancers this population gets is different from those that affect adults even if they have the same disease name. The NIH also states that this age range is grossly underfunded and that more research needs to be done.
While we did not receive a line item this year, the House of Representatives has requested that research on “cancer of children, adolescents and young adults” receive priority funding from the pre-existing Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program in the CDMRP. We now must ensure that Congress keeps this language in the final Defense Appropriations Bill. This is a big step in the right direction. Stay tuned on how you can help!” To view this language in the House Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, click here.