HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania families affected by pediatric cancer highlighted the need for lawmakers to approve legislation recently reintroduced by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) to generate more donations for childhood cancer research.
In a video released by Senator Martin’s office today, families and advocates shared their stories about how pediatric cancer has affected their lives – and why more resources are needed to study treatment options for young patients.
Martin’s Senate Bill 74 would create a tax credit program for qualifying donations to a Pennsylvania pediatric cancer research hospital. The legislation could generate up to $100 million in private donations over the next decade to support childhood cancer research.
“People do care about this issue. We need to put the mechanism in place to allow them to fully support it in the way it’s needed,” Martin said. “There is no bigger goal that I want to see than all of us surrounding the governor’s desk as he signs this into law.”
Senate Bill 74 was referred to the Senate Finance Committee and could be considered by the panel as soon as this week.
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