need: 0% of Virginia’s cancer funds are dedicated to children.
response: ASK organized the first Virginia Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at the General Assembly on February 15, 2018 as part of the Virginia Childhood Cancer Work Group, which includes representatives from major pediatric cancer treatment centers around the state. Over 80 advocates met with 51 legislators to share information on how many young Virginians get cancer each year, the challenges they face and the lack of state resources to support them.
what's next: BE A VOICE FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER IN VIRGINIA!
We need your help in making sure that they have the resources and support that they need! On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 the Virginia Childhood Cancer Workgroup will go to our General Assembly as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.
Right now over $20 million is designated in Virginia’s state budget for cancer and none of it targets children. We think that Virginia can do better. We have a vision of making sure there are designated resources for Virginia’s youngest cancer patients and survivors.
Reach out to your legislators and get childhood cancer on their radar! Learn more at vachildhoodcancer.org.