Senate Approves Martin Bill to Encourage Private Donations to Fight Pediatric Cancer


HARRISBURG – The Senate passed legislation today that would help generate private donations to support pediatric cancer research, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Scott Martin (R-13).

Senate Bill 1091 would allow Pennsylvanians to voluntarily donate $5 to the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund when electronically renewing a driver’s license, photo identification card or vehicle registration. The funding would be used exclusively for research approved by the Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board.

“A cancer diagnosis for a child is one of the most terrifying and heartbreaking events a family could ever have to endure, and far too many of these cases end in tragedy,” Martin said. “It is my hope that this legislation will improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies that will help more young people who are affected by cancer overcome this awful disease and lead long, healthy lives.”

Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children nationwide. Every year, 91,250 kids die from pediatric cancer worldwide.

The legislation is supported by the National Children’s Cancer Consortium (NC3).

“On behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families affected by the devastation caused by childhood cancer, NC3 and our collaborative organizations here in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation are beyond grateful for the dedicated ‘for the kids’ efforts  by Senators Scott Martin, John Rafferty, Ryan Aument and John Sabatina,” NC3 President Christopher M. Winters said. “SB 1091 is a perfect example of civil, bi-partisan legislation addressing the critical need for significant childhood cancer research. This bill, part of our #OneStateAtATime strategy and efforts, will help fund desperately needed childhood cancer research right here in Pennsylvania.”

The bill was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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