DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Matsui, Doris O.
Sent By:
Christina.McCauley@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support FY 21 Funding for Life Saving Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Therapies

Deadline: March 11th, COB

Dear Colleague:

Please consider supporting a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that the Committee support the President’s budget request of $30,009,000 for the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program, the program’s fully authorized level and the
same amount the Committee provided in Fiscal Year 2020.

The letter asks that the Committee provide $23,000,000 for a second important component of the program, the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI).  This is the level authorized by Congress.

The National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match is entrusted by Congress to operate the national registry under contract to the Health Resources and Services Administration.  This 30 year public/private partnership has grown to include 22 million potential
volunteer donors and 300,000 cord blood units, including 108,000 available National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) units, to help patients from across the country, who have been diagnosed with leukemia or more than 70 otherwise fatal disorders, find a matched
unrelated, volunteer donor.

The Program is committed to finding matched donors and equal outcomes for all patients regardless of their background, socioeconomic status, age, ethnic ancestry, or where they live in the nation.  Continued full funding for the program is needed to optimize
systems and break down barriers to expedite time to transplant, meet the needs of underserved populations with refined targeted recruitment efforts, empower patients and doctors to make optimal treatment decisions, and propel innovation to improve outcomes. 
One-year survival rates for patients have increased from just over 40 percent to 70 percent over the past 20 years.  Despite this great success, more needs to be done to continue to improve outcomes, particularly for Americans for whom it is more difficult
to find a match.

Please contact Christina McCauley (christina.mccauley@mail.house.gov) if you would like to sign on to our letter.  The deadline for signing the letter is March 11, 2020.

Sincerely,

Doris Matsui                                                               

U.S. Representative