–The Arms Wide Open Cancer Foundation newsletter Dec. 31, 2020
Celebrating good news for the childhood cancer community!
A string of successes at the federal level to wrap up 2020!
Happy New Year! Though 2020 was a very challenging year, the childhood cancer community celebrated many hard-fought victories in November and December.
These wins include:
- A 4-year extension of the Creating Hope Act, which incentivizes the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses
- AWO-Funded Humanized Antibody Therapy Approved by FDA
- Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program includes pediatric and AYA cancers as a priority research topic
- $30 million to fully fund the Childhood Cancer STAR Act
- $50 million to fully fund the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative
While we are very thankful for these achievements, we also recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done. In addition to advocating for more federal funding for research, we will also be launching several unique projects and campaigns in 2021.
These new initiatives will make more clinical trials available to children with cancer sooner rather than later. Less-toxic therapies are the key to defeating childhood cancer and we are determined to help accelerate the timeline. Stay tuned for more details in early-2021!
On behalf of all children with cancer and the entire childhood cancer community, we would like to thank you for your commitment, dedication, love, support and advocacy throughout the past 12 years; your support has played a vital role in getting us to where we are today and has had a direct and measurable impact on the lives of children with cancer.
With Faith, Love, and Much Hope for a Cure,
The Arms Wide Open Team
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