10-year-old cancer survivor urges Governor to sign cancer testing legislation
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- Friday, Charlotte Carlin, 10-year-old advocate and brain cancer survivor, took time out of her summer vacation to deliver a handwritten letter to the Governor asking her to sign legislation to increase access to biomarker testing--a type of cancer testing.
“Biomarkers can change and save lives for people who need it,” Charlotte Carlin said.
Charlotte was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4. Mary Carlin, Charlotte's mother said biomarker testing gave them more information about her cancer.
“It helped to identify what was driving the cancer and I think that’s really critical,” Mary Carlin said.
The legislation would require health insurance policies and Medicaid to cover biomarker cancer testing for diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing monitoring.
Charlotte Carlin, approaching 6th grade, worked on her letter to the Governor for several weeks. In addition to her writing, she included a picture she drew of herself delivering the letter in the Capitol.
She said she wore the same outfit she drew in her picture.
“I’m so proud of Charlotte because I feel like she is helping and advocating for other patients and cancer survivors which I think just says so much about her and about her character especially when her friends are out having summer vacation at the pool,” said Mary Carlin.
Charlotte Carlin said she is hopeful the Governor will sign the legislation into law.