Only 4% of Federal Funding for Cancer Research Goes to Childhood Cancers
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My 6 year old son was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) on July 31, 2017. This is a rare and aggressive form of cancer. In quickly trying to learn all I could about childhood cancer and his disease, I learned some horrifying statistics. He has an 8% chance of surviving 5 years and this is largely because of the limited 4% of cancer research funding that is allotted to all childhood cancers – while 96% of that cancer research funding is allotted to adult cancers.
In the United States, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer each day. Each day seven children lose their battle with cancer and die from it. One out of 5 children diagnosed with cancer, will die from their disease. It is the number one disease related cause of death in children.
Adult and childhood cancers are biologically different. Therefore, children need different drugs and different treatment to treat their cancers.
In six years, 77 new adult cancer drugs have been discovered. However, in the last 77 years, there have been only 3 new drugs for childhood cancer—two for Leukemia and one for neuroblastoma. Meanwhile, there are 12 types of childhood cancer with hundreds of subtypes. Since my child has a “rare” cancer he gets a smaller piece of that already minuscule piece of the “funding pie”. There have been no changes to treatment and outcomes for his particular cancer in several decades.
Americans spend more in three days on Starbucks coffee than the federal government spends on childhood cancer research in a year. This system is broken and killing our children. Something needs to change.
Childhood cancer isn’t rare. What is rare is awareness, funding, and research. Our children, my child, needs your help. They need someone to be their voice since they are too little to fight for themselves. From the bottom of my broken heart, I am begging you to help make a change. Please sign and share this petition asking Congress to give our children more cancer research funding – now.
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