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Join Bi-Partisan Letter in Support of Increased Funding for Childhood Cancer Research


Supported by: National Pediatric Cancer Foundation


Cosigners: Sean Patrick Maloney, Brian Fitzpatrick, Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Mark Meadows, Bob Gibbs, David Kustoff, Steve Stivers


Dear Colleague,

Please join Rep. Sean Duffy in signing a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting increased funding for childhood cancer research. 

Every year, approximately 10% of children diagnosed with cancer will succumb to the disease. In his State of the Union address, President Trump expressed support for increasing childhood cancer research funding by $500 million over the next ten fiscal years.
This funding would allow the National Institute of Health (NIH) to expand upon its work to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric cancer.

Rep. Duffy believes this is a great opportunity for both parties to work together towards a common goal. To sign this letter, please contact Dylan Chandler at



Sean P. Duffy

Member of Congress


February xx, 2019


The Honorable Nita Lowey                                                    The Honorable Kay Granger

Chairwoman                                                                            Ranking Member

Committee on Appropriations                                                Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives                                               U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515                                                          Washington, DC 20515


The Honorable Rosa DeLauro                                                 The Honorable Tom Cole      

Chairwoman                                                                            Ranking Member

Committee on Appropriations                                                Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives                                               U.S. House of Representatives


Dear Chairwoman Lowey and DeLauro and Ranking Members Granger and Cole,

As the House of Representatives deliberates funding levels for Fiscal Year 2020, we are writing to express our support for an increase in research funding to combat childhood cancer.

In the United States an estimated 11,060 children will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019. Despite lifesaving advances in pediatric oncology, approximately 10% of those children will die. For those who survive, more than 95% will face a significant health-related
issue before they reach the age of forty five. The United States should make it a priority to discover and implement new strategies of treatment for pediatric cancer.

In his State of the Union address, President Trump proposed a $500 million increase in funding for pediatric cancer research over the next ten fiscal years. While there are many things that divide us here in Washington, this is an issue that both sides can
come together and fight for. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has made remarkable achievements in childhood cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and quality of life improvements for patients. For Fiscal Year 2019, the NIH is estimated to spend approximately
$462 million on childhood cancer research. As the House Appropriations Committee drafts the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020, we write to encourage the committee to increase funding at
the National Institute of Health for pediatric cancer research by no less than $50 million.

For the parents, grandparents, and family members of a child battling cancer, the diagnoses is one of the most heart wrenching and terrifying moments of their lives. No parent should have to come to terms with the fact that their child may die. As the most
advanced nation on Earth, we owe it to our children to prioritize their health and ensure they grow up to become the American leaders of tomorrow. 

We thank you for your consideration of our request and look forward to working together on this important issue.



                                                                        Sean P. Duffy

                                                                        Member of Congress


CC: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Kevin McCarthy

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