Recently, I met with Illinois legislators in Washington, D.C. as the parent of a childhood cancer survivor, Illinois resident, and representative of all the children of Illinois who have had, are being treated for, or have yet to be diagnosed with childhood cancer. I discussed the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2007 with our legislative offices and asked for their support of this important bill to fund childhood cancer research. Childhood cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease in children.
Cure rates for childhood cancer are improving, but only with continued childhood cancer research.
My daughter is here today, happy and healthy, because of this research. Without continual childhood cancer research, my child and others with her diagnosis would not be here today.
To see how children's lives are affected by cancer, I invite you to view a YouTube video produced by families of children with childhood cancer entitled, "Childhood Cancer Awareness." Go to http://tinyurl.com/ywcoom to see the video.
The Conquer Childhood Cancer Act is a clearly bipartisan bill with 191 representatives and 46 senators co-sponsoring it.
However, the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act needs still more support to help the children of the United States.
This bipartisan bill needs to become law to save more children's lives.
I ask you to contact your representative and senators in Congress through the CureSearch.org Web site and ask them to support the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2007 and the funding it requests.
The children of Illinois cannot wait any longer.
Parent of a childhood
Katie Hausman, age 5