It’s the kind of bad news you hope and pray will get better: New Jersey has the third-highest childhood cancer rate in the nation, and the number of cases is increasing every year.
Of course, it takes more than praying. To that end, Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed S-1431 and S-3724, two bipartisan bills that will increase investment in childhood cancer research in New Jersey. S-1431 establishes the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund and establishes an advisory board within the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research to distribute money deposited in the fund. It also makes it possible for taxpayers to contribute to childhood cancer research on the gross income tax return. S-3724 appropriates $5 million to the New Jersey Pediatric Cancer Fund.
“Cancer is now the leading cause of death from illness for children under 15,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. It is imperative that we continue to invest in research to develop treatments and treatments for the various cancers, and that we improve screening and other preventive measures.
The main sponsors of the legislation are Sweeney and Sens. Anthony M. Bucco, Joe Pennacchio and Holly Schepisi and members of the Assembly BettyLou DeCroce, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, John Burzichelli and Anthony Verrelli.
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