Childhood Cancer STAR Act


The Childhood Cancer STAR Act was signed into law on June 5, 2018 – a landmark moment for the childhood cancer community. The passage of the STAR Act was a true community effort that involved years of patience, hard work, and collaboration.

The STAR Act is designed to advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing enhanced resources for survivors. This legislation authorizes $30 million annually from 2019-2023 for programs and research to combat childhood cancer through the NIH and CDC.

Meaningful legislation that represents a consensus of community priorities is difficult to craft and even more challenging to pass through Congress. The STAR Act is a milestone achievement that demonstrates that people and legislators can work together to address the challenges faced by families of the 16,000 children diagnosed with cancer every year.

The Need

The Childhood Cancer STAR Act is the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever taken up by Congress. Help us achieve its passage in the 115th Congress by writing your Members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor the bill and push for a committee hearing in both the House and the Senate.


House Sponsors: Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) Senate Sponsors: Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Johnny Isakson (R-GA)


  1. Gina Nit

    I am a pediatric oncology RN working with these fighter and their families everyday. I see their struggles and triumphs and all they have to offer us. We need to offer them options, the best options, and ongoing care throughout their lives. We need a community hearing on this bill to continue to move it to law, to get the funding and resources to give more to these children.

  2. Natalia gil

    Childhood Cancer needs more research, period. No child should suffer, no child should miss a birthday, holiday, family event, or a playtime because they are sick and suffering from cancer or fighting a battle they didnt sign up for or cant even pronounce. Signed, an aunt missing her 3 year old nephew battling since october. #keepcjstrong

  3. Ellen Hall

    I follow families on Facebook. Today, heaven gained an angel, Emmy. She had an aggressive cancer but she was strong until the end. Most the stories I follow, the children are around my children’s ages. We shouldn’t have to worry about cancer in general. We definitely shouldn’t have to have a constant worry that our children, grandchildren, or any child could suffer from camcer. Please, let’s come together to fight this battle.

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Take Action!

Please contact your Representative and Senators to ask that they co-sponsor the Childhood Cancer STAR Act (H.R. 820/S. 292).

Click here to find out if your Members of Congress already support the bill and to reach out to them and either thank them or ask for their support.


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