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Recognizing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Washington, September 28, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Congressman Kinzinger recognizes September as Childhood (or Pediatric) Cancer Awareness Month, and joins supporters in ‘going gold’ to help find a cure.
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Washington, DC – The month of September is recognized as Childhood (or Pediatric) Cancer Awareness Month, and across the country, supporters ‘go gold’ to help find a cure. Earlier this year, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) met with a young constituent from Coal City, Illinois who advocated for more cancer research to help others, like her, fighting childhood cancer.

Following his meeting with Megan, Congressman Kinzinger sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and continued to work with colleagues in the House Energy and Commerce Committee to push for an increase in pediatric cancer research. The NIH Director responded with the attached letter, emphasizing their commitment to finding a cure and prioritizing their research. This week, the House passed legislation that includes additional funding for the Cancer Moonshot, Alzheimer’s Disease, and pediatric cancer research.

“As we recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness month, let us reflect on the strength and perseverance of thousands of young people, and their families, who are battling cancer. Sadly, cancer remains the leading cause of death, besides accidents, for children under age 14, and while Congress has increased resources going to the NIH, the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot, and the Gabriella Millers Kids First Research Act – we still have a lot of work to do on behalf of these children and their families,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “This month, I’m especially thinking of my friend, Megan Bugg, who I had the honor of meeting this summer. Megan is a high school senior living with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, but more importantly, she is a bright young woman and a passionate advocate for herself and thousands of other young people like her. Meeting Megan and hearing her story inspired me personally to take action, and I’m proud to represent her in Congress as she continues to inspire her family, her community, and her classmates.”

On September 13, 2018, the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 3325, the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act, to improve outcomes for children with complex medical conditions, including cancer, by creating a coordinated care framework under Medicaid. This bipartisan bill, which Congressman Kinzinger co-sponsored and supported in its passage, will improve care and reduce costs for the families of our nation’s most vulnerable children and ensure they have access to specialized care, even if it’s over state lines.

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