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Upton Applauds Passage of STAR Act

Childhood cancer legislation now heads to Senate

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Washington, December 6, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3381, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act (STAR), by a unanimous vote.

“Just about everyone’s life has been impacted by cancer in some way. The most heartbreaking situation of them all is when a young child is diagnosed with cancer – which, tragically, remains the leading cause of death in American children. These childhood cancer patients and their families deserve a stronger voice and more resources to help combat this deadly disease. That’s what this bipartisan legislation will do: Improve research, treatments, and care for childhood cancer patients, survivors, and their families. I was proud to support this legislation and hope the Senate will move quickly to pass it.”

The Childhood Cancer STAR Act would improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors, ensure publicly accessible expanded access policies that provide hope for patients, and identify opportunities to expand the research of therapeutics necessary to treat the more than 15,000 children diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year.  

In September, Upton spoke at a childhood cancer vigil at Bronson Park in Kalamazoo where he pledged his support for the STAR Act. 

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