Childhood Cancer Petition: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

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Petition Summary

The following petition thanks Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for his years of service to our country and to the childhood cancer community. As HHS Secretary, he oversees the National Cancer Institute (NCI) which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The petition asks for his help making childhood cancer research a national priority. We are asking that there be no decrease in childhood cancer research but that NIH consider increasing levels for childhood cancer research as they consider setting priorities with reduced budgets. We are also asking that he develop and implement a national plan for the advancement of childhood cancer research across all appropriate functions of the Department to help protect children and to ensure that resources will be used in ways that bring the most value to taxpayers and children. The full petition is below:

Dear Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price,

Thank you for your service to our country and to the childhood cancer community through your work as an Advisory Board member for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.  As you know, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and there is a significant lack of funding for research. Although many adult cancers receive substantial research investment from private industry, for a variety of reasons childhood cancer research receives little investment from the private sector. This means that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds much of the limited childhood cancer research taking place in our country.

As HHS Secretary, you oversee the formulation and execution of the NIH budget and we are asking for your help.   Children with cancer and their families are vulnerable and need a champion to look out for them.  We realize that Health Care and the Federal Budget are being vigorously debated by government.  We know that due to scant resources budget decisions are made based on many things among them setting priorities in terms of outcomes and results, focusing on where public investment will bring the most value to the American people.  One of the things the childhood cancer community has been discussing with NIH and the Congress over the past decade is the fact that childhood cancer research should be a national priority.

The true cost of childhood cancer has never been widely studied.  There is no comprehensive study to tell government the cost of childhood cancer and the benefits that might offset these costs with significant investment in childhood cancer research.  A back of the envelope calculation suggests that we spend billions on childhood cancer annually, and that is treating the newly diagnosed cases.  This does not consider the hundreds of thousands of childhood cancer survivors who have been adversely impacted largely due to the lack of childhood cancer research and corresponding lack of childhood cancer treatments, protocols and drugs.

We are asking not only that there be no decrease in childhood cancer research but that NIH consider increasing levels for childhood cancer research as they consider setting priorities with reduced budgets.  We hope they will consider the potential benefits, results and outcomes that could be possible with additional investment in childhood cancer research — not just saving kids but also saving money with better treatments.  We ask that you develop and implement a national plan for the advancement of childhood cancer research across all appropriate functions of the Department to help protect children and to ensure that resources will be used in ways that bring the most value to taxpayers and children.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

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