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 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.