All posts tagged: Call to Action

Taking Childhood Cancer Advocacy on the Road: Childhood Cancer License Plates

By Guest Blogger CAC2 Member Mary Beth Collins, PREP4Gold For the entire month of September the world hears a great deal from the childhood cancer community, feverishly raising awareness, advocating for programs & funding, and sharing stories about treatment, survivorship, and bereavement. Social media posts are in abundance, medical experts and advocates are interviewed, and researchers publish papers with the latest data. Each day of the month, there is a great deal provided about childhood cancer as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) continues to strengthen in message and resolve. Come October 1st, some wonder what can be done to sustain [...] Read more

Don’t let HOPE die in the US Senate!

By Guest Blogger CAC2 Member Joe Baber If the Creating Hope Act (S. 4010) does not pass the Senate by December 11, THIS YEAR we will lose the best tool we have ever had to inspire drug developers to produce Childhood Cancer and Rare Pediatric Disease drugs. This bill has produced 26 drugs in the last eight years, including two childhood cancer drugs. This is half of the four drugs ever approved specifically for childhood cancer. Because of the incentives in this bill, for the first time, we now have several kids’ cancer drugs in development.  We cannot allow this bill to die on the Senate floor!  The House passed [...] Read more

Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention Report Released

Some CAC2 Members have spent months working on the Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiatives with a wider community of folks dedicated to working on childhood cancer prevention.  Click the image to access the report and more! Below they have shared links to social media content and videos for the report. Link to the Social Media Toolkit Links to the Childhood Cancer Prevention video: Please like the video on Instagram, and crosspost/share on Facebook and Twitter Link to the ASBC Facebook Live recording of the 9/23 teleconference: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=404729213871394&extid=dJ3sJFYFmcI6f5mB Media Folder Click here to view the folder with all of the social media images. Spanish will be added soon! Link to the [...] Read more

September 9 Virtual Day of Action: How to Get Involved

By Sarah Milberg, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Today is the day! The childhood cancer community is joining together today to use our collective voice to build support for funding for the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever. Advocates across the childhood cancer community are writing to their members of Congress, posting on social media, and spreading the word to their networks about today’s Virtual Day of Action. If your organization would like to participate, please use these materials so we [...] Read more

Virtual Day of Action: Join Together on September 9

By Guest Blogger Sarah Milberg, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation For nearly 10 years, childhood cancer advocates from around the country have come to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Childhood Cancer Action Days.  Action Days brings our community together to advocate for important childhood cancer issues currently before Congress.  As a result of our advocacy, we have seen many important childhood cancer policies, like the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, become law.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our plans for Action Days had to change this [...] Read more

Rally for Medical Research, 2020

Rally for Medical Research, 2020, an annual AACR advocacy event, will take place as a completely virtual event! Schedule of Events Thursday, September 10 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT Virtual Training for all Rally Hill Day Participants Wednesday, September 16 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT Virtual Reception to Celebrate Medical Research Thursday, September 17 9:30 am – 5:30 pm EDT Rally for Medical Research Virtual Hill Day Meetings with House and Senate offices will take place via phone/video conference. Participants in times zones other than EDT will have their meetings begin at 9:30 am in their local time [...] Read more

An Ounce of Prevention, A Lifetime of Health: Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative

Dr. Margaret Kripke, Professor of Immunology and Vivian L. Smith Chair Emerita at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Philip Landrigan, Professor of Biology at Boston College and Director of the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good joined CAC2 Members Jonathan Agin (Max Cure Foundation), Mary Beth Collins, and Anne Robertson to discuss a soon-to-be unveiled childhood cancer prevention initiative. This informative webinar allowed CAC2 members to learn the basics about preventing childhood cancer and the vulnerabilities to environmental toxins and current treatment regimens experienced by children. The panel discussion provided an overview about [...] Read more

Childhood Cancer and Prevention – The Time is Now

Survivorship Matters Blog By CAC2 Member Mary Beth Collins My introduction to the idea of prevention and childhood cancer didn’t come from a yearning for advocacy and systems change. It also didn’t come years after my son was diagnosed, with a desire to help other parents learn how to nurture healthier environments for their children. It was thrust upon me during my son’s neuroblastoma treatment, by prospective buyers of our house. Somehow, they not only found out that my son was in cancer treatment, but they also found out the type of cancer he had. The couple had researched environmental toxins [...] Read more

New Report to be Released: Cross-Sector Strategies for Childhood Cancer Prevention

By Guest Blogger, CAC2 Member Jonathan Agin (Max Cure Foundation) I frequently speak of viewing childhood cancer like a bicycle wheel with multiple spokes emanating from the hub in the center.  Each spoke represents a problem or area of focus:  drug development, psychosocial care, early detection, survivorship, research funding, access to treatment, financial toxicity.  Etc., etc.  The spokes of the childhood cancer wheel are interwoven.  Participating in groups like CAC2 allows us to see how interconnected everything in childhood cancer really is. With that said, one area has not truly been intertwined with the other spokes.  This is the issue of prevention, and specifically, prevention of [...] Read more