CureSearch: Update on Federal Funding and Call for Advocates


From our friends at CureSearch....

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is pleased to provide an update about federal funding for children’s cancer research. 


On April 14, the House and Senate passed the FY 2011 budget.  In it, funding for the National Institutes of Health was reduced by less than one percent, while funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was cut by eight percent.   CureSearch manages five grants from the NCI on behalf of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the largest of which are the Chair’s Grant and the Statistics and Data Center Grant. 


CureSearch recently learned that funding for both of these grants was reduced by 8-10% for fiscal year 2011. Prior to receiving this information, CureSearch and the COG had been communicating with the NCI and children’s cancer lobbyists for several months about this year’s budget.  During these discussions, we were told that the chances of an increase in funding were remote and that the best possible scenario was to receive flat funding from 2010.  Under these circumstances, at the 2011 Children’s Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Day in March, rather than push for full funding of the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act, the organizations that participated – CureSearch, COG, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy and Kids v Cancer – thought it would be prudent to ask Congress to hold the line on funding this year, in an attempt to ward off any proposed cuts.


Now that the FY 2011 budget is finalized, we will step-up our efforts and ask for an increase in children’s cancer research funding for FY 2012.  We will ask Congress to restore funding to its originally proposed 2011 level and to fully fund the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act as passed by Congress.


If you are interested in helping CureSearch advocate for additional funding for children’s cancer research, please contact Cynthia Duncan at (240) 235-2212 or

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Hi Cynthia,

 I feel sad to know about the development and would want to contribute in the campaign for an increase in funding for Childhood cancer.

Though we (Rowaca Cancer Group- Sierra Leone) operate in Sierra Leone, I do believe we can still influence the outcome of any decision that might improve the situation.

We will continue the campaign and stand by you to ensure we achieve our aims and objectives.

In this regard, we are looking forward to you to give us your advice or what material you would want us to make public for the purpose of putting across our needs to our Government and the American authorities in Sierra Leone.



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