Legislation introduced to finance children's cancer research

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 24, 2017 9:50 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A package of bills in Harrisburg would boost efforts to find a cure for one of the most heartbreaking afflictions.

Advocates say 7 kids die every day from cancer.  Another 46 are diagnosed.

State Representative Tom Caltagirone of Berks County has introduced a package of legislation to boost the funding and research efforts for childhood cancer.

Among those gathered at a press conference this past week to discuss the bills was 9-year old Noelle Weinhold of Lancaster County.

"I'm here today to speak for myself and all of my friends who are still fighting and for my friends who have gained their angel wings.  I do not want your kids to go through what I've been through," she said.

Caltagirone says childhood cancer is underfunded compared to research for adult cancers and he hopes his efforts will raise $100 million for childhood cancer research in the next 10 years - in part through the use of check off boxes on income tax and driver's license forms. 

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