Sign the Letter of Support for the Childhood Cancer Stamp Initiative
Letter of Support for the Childhood Cancer Stamp Initiative
In 1997, Congress passed the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act to allow the public to purchase special breast cancer stamps from the US Postal Service. The Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act has raised more than $84.7 million. The money has gone directly into breast cancer research through the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense.
We believe that such legislation could also be used to benefit childhood cancer research. We wish to ask members of Congress to introduce a similar bill, the Stamp Out Childhood Cancer Act. The Stamp Out Childhood Cancer Act would direct the US Postal Service to issue a childhood cancer stamp to be sold to the public in the same manner and denomination as the Breast Cancer Stamp and distribute the funds in a similar manner, 70% to the National Cancer Institute and 30% to the existing Peer-Reviewed Young Adult, Adolescent, and Pediatric Cancer Research Program within the Department of Defense.
Even though cancer is the number one disease killer of children, the National Cancer Institute only contributes 4% of their research budget to childhood cancer. Childhood cancers are not the same as adult cancers. Children need drugs and therapies directed to their specific needs. Using modified adult drugs contributes to the late term side effects that affect more than 2/3 of the childhood cancer survivors.
We believe there is a sufficient market for childhood cancer stamps and the sale of such stamps will generate robust tax-free revenue for research. Each year over 15,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer. There are over 40,000 children in treatment today for cancer and in three years, it is projected that the population of childhood cancer survivors will exceed 500,000. In asking for members of Congress to introduce and support the Stamp Out Childhood Cancer Act, we need to show them that this legislation has the broad support of the childhood cancer community.
We ask that you sign your organization up as a supporter of the Stamp Out Childhood Cancer Act.