The President’s New Childhood Cancer Initiative
The Taylor Matthews Foundation, along with many other pediatric cancer foundations and advocacy groups, was invited to join a conference call regarding President Trump’s childhood cancer initiative. In the State of the Union address, the President announced his budget request to Congress to include $500 million over the next ten years to fund pediatric cancer research, equating to an increase of $50 million a year.
Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Health and Dr. Ned Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute lead the call. According to Dr. Sharpless, these funds, if allocated correctly, could save the lives of children with cancer.
Dr. Sharpless proposed directing the funds to develop a database so that new treatments for pediatric cancer can be shared with oncologists nationwide in the quickest way possible.
Knowledge is critical. The Taylor Matthews Foundation is a strong advocate for development of the database and has been for years.