September 19, 2019

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Resolution Dedicating September As Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced a resolution to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“Last week when I was in West Virginia a student, Nick Spence, approached me with the idea to raise awareness about this terrible issue, which is why my fellow Senators and I introduced this resolution to dedicate September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I am proud to help raise awareness around childhood cancer and the lives it effects every day,” said Senator Manchin.

“Cancer does not discriminate—not by class, circumstance, or unfortunately even age,” said Senator Hawley. “I am proud to support this resolution to designate September as ‘National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.’ We honor the strength of the children who fight the unthinkable and their loving families who stand beside them every step of the way.”

“Senator Reed and I introduced the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act in February 2017 because we saw the need to expand opportunities for childhood cancer research, improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, and enhance the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors. I’m proud to say President Trump signed this bill into law in June 2018. I’m glad to build upon that work and help designate this month to raise more awareness for childhood cancer, the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States. More awareness and attention means more research dollars, which brings us one step closer to a cure,” said Senator Capito.

“Childhood Cancer Awareness month is a time to bring visibility to this issue and also remind children and families who are battling pediatric cancer that we are with them, we support them, and we are committed to finding cures and improved treatments for pediatric cancer. That means investing in research and promising technologies. During Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and all throughout the year, we remember those we lost, and celebrate the courage and bravery of young people who face this disease and their families. It’s heart wrenching that any child has to face this, and we need a national commitment to ensure they have the best available care and treatment possible and that we ultimately find a cure,” said Senator Reed.

To view the resolution, click here.