U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st dist.) is among six House members who’ve introduced the Fairness to Kids with Cancer Act. This legislation seeks to adjust federal funding levels for pediatric cancer at a fairer percentage rate than is currently allocated.
Specifically, the Fairness to Kids with Cancer Act would ensure federal funds for pediatric cancer research match the same percentage of the number of American citizens under the age of 18 as part of the general population.
“There are few things more heart wrenching than childhood cancer,” Fitzpatrick said. “No child should have to suffer through the pain of cancer, nor should any parent have to watch their child struggle to survive.”
According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, about 1 in 285 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 20. Cancer remains the leading cause of death among children in the United States. ••