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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2016 01:35 PM
From: Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone
To: All House members
Subject: Pediatric Cancer Research State Income Tax Form Check-Off (Former HB 1804)
As many of you know I have been aggressively promoting my package of pediatric cancer research funding bills over the past several session. This is my third bill in the package with more to come. This bill is HB 1804 from last session. House Bill 1804 passed the full House on October 24, 2016, by a vote of 188-0.

This bill will establish a Pediatric Cancer Research state income tax form check-off. Under this bill the department of revenue will provide space on the Pennsylvania individualized income tax return form whereby an individual may voluntarily designate a contribution of no less than five dollars to be utilized for pediatric cancer research within the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania taxpayers will have the OPTION to contribute $5.00 to the research efforts at OUR four research institutions. The amount designated will be deducted from the tax refund of the individual making the designation and will not constitute a charge against the income tax revenues due to the Commonwealth.

It’s heartbreaking to see these children suffer and a tragedy when they lose the fight against pediatric cancer. Here is a snap shot of the numbers:

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.

The money raised through this legislation will make a difference in this war on pediatric cancer. It’s time we take real action to fund a cure.

Please join me and co-sponsor this legislation.

Introduced as HB46