Bill Encouraging Private Donations to Fight Pediatric Cancer Receives Final Approval


HARRISBURG – A measure that would help generate private donations to support pediatric cancer research is headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law, according to the bill’s author, 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.

“Families who are affected by childhood cancer deserve all of the love and support we can offer,” Martin said. “There is a strong will for the public to help families who are affected by pediatric cancer. 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.”

Senator Martin thanked Senators Aument, Rafferty, and Sabatina for their support and sponsorship as well as the House of Representatives for passing this important piece of legislation.

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

CONTACT: Terry Trego (717) 787-6535

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