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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced the passage of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, which will help children who are fighting cancer to live longer and healthier lives.  Every day, 43 children are newly diagnosed with pediatric cancers.  Tragically, 12% will die prematurely.  Sen. Kennedy is a co-sponsor of this bi-partisan legislation which will provide resources to improve the quality of life for those impacted by childhood cancer, expand public access to child-focused treatment and advance pediatric cancer research.

“As a father, my heart goes out to families grappling with pediatric cancers.  They need every bit of support that we can give them.  I am proud to say that The Childhood Cancer STAR Act has passed the Senate by unanimous consent.  A cancer diagnosis is the worst medical news a parent can hear.  We’ve made a lot of progress in helping children with cancer survive, but our work won’t be done until every single child beats cancer,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “This bill will go a long way toward providing comfort and assistance to those children and families battling childhood cancer.”