It's time we contact congress and tell them to do something about it. I've made this process easy in four easy steps:
1) Open a word document
2) Copy my letter to my congressman below and paste it into the word document
3) edit it to your liking (name, date, address, appropriate congressman, etc.)
4) SEND IT!
It's time we get our priorities straight and get our great nation to work.
The Honorable Bob Goodlatte
2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Rep. Goodlatte,
I am writing in regards to the current state of funding of Childhood Cancer Research. According to the NIH, only 4% of cancer research funding is allocated toward childhood cancer. As your constituent, I would like to express my outright concern for these funding levels and, I would like to go on the record as saying this level of funding is completely unacceptable.
According to the NIH’s National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death for our nation’s children, taking the lives of 15,780 children in 2014. According to the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, overall incidence of pediatric cancer has increased 0.6 percent every year for the last 35 years and has increased diagnosis by about 35% of over that period.
According to your colleague, Congressman McCaul’s, research published by the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, the pharmaceutical industry has approximately 900 adult cancer treatments in pipeline; few to none of those in development are for our children.
Thankfully, we do not have to start from scratch on this legislative endeavor. Congressman McCaul’s Childhood Cancer STAR bill, introduced to the house on 07/29/2015, and was referred to the subcommittee on Health on 07/31/2015 where it has sat collecting dust for over a year.
I would like to formally request that we get this bill moving again. Please show your support to not only amend this bill to increase Childhood Cancer funding beyond 4%, but to get it back on the floor for a vote as soon as possible!
While our children don't vote, it is incumbent upon us as stewards of our nation’s youth to assure they receive the best care money can buy with access to the best research we have to offer.
We are falling far short of this charge.
Our children deserve far more than a measly 4%.
The Independent President