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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 12, 2016 01:22 PM
From: Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone
To: All House members
Subject: Fund a Cure for Pediatric Cancer (Former HB 1865)
 
As you are probably aware, I have introduced many bills in the previous sessions to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Today I am circulating three cosponsor memo to reintroduce those bills for the up coming session. This cosponsor memo is for the reintroduction of HB 1865. This bill will allocate $10 million dollars in tax credits to businesses per year for the next 10 years. Over the next ten years we can allocate $100 million dollars to fight pediatric cancer. Each of our four pediatric cancer research institutions will receive $25 million toward their research.

Each of my bills will give our citizens the opportunity to invest in a cure for pediatric cancer. I am confident the citizens of the Commonwealth will step up and help fund a cure. I am hopeful that the State that cured polio can cure pediatric cancer. The pediatric cancer numbers are staggering:

*7, number of children that will die today from pediatric cancer.
*46, number of children that will be diagnosed with cancer today.
*1 in 5, the number of children that will eventually die from cancer.
*Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children ages 1-14.
*8, average age of death for a child with pediatric cancer.
*Over the last 20 years only 1 new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use.
*4%, the percentage of funds directed toward pediatric cancer research by the National Cancer Institute.
*4, number of research institutions in Pennsylvania working on cutting edge research to develop better treatments and ways to combat cancer in our kids.

Recently, I toured research facilities at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Research Hospital and the constant theme among the research doctors was the need for funding. The lack of research funding for pediatric cancer is still the main obstruction to finding a cure and better treatments. Only 4% of all cancer research dollars goes to pediatric cancer research and we need to step up and do more for the pediatric cancer warriors and their families. The pain and suffering of our children demand us to act and go “all in” for the cure.

Let’s work together to build a brighter future for the children of Pennsylvania whose lives and families have been torn apart by this terrible disease. My vision to find a cure to cancer within my lifetime. Let us take the necessary steps to do our part; and, let Pennsylvania be the state that finally finds a cure. I believe investing $100 million dollars over the next ten years will lead to a cure!

Please join me in the fight against pediatric cancer.



Introduced as HB408