New law to help fund childhood cancer research
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- A NEW LAW IN NEW YORK INTENDS TO HELP INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE STATES CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH FUND.
SOME ADVOCATES WITH THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY SAid THIS WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELP COMBAT CANCER IN KIDS.
“We’ve seen a huge increase in survival rates with children with cancer since the 1970’s and its because research is being done,” said Michael Davoli, New York senior director of government relations with the American Cancer Society.
THE NEW law WILL REQuirE THE cOMmISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE TO INCLUDE A SPACE ON NEW YORKERS PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN TO ENABLE THEM TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH FUND.
DAVOLI SAid RESEARCH HELPS IDENTIFY THE TYPES OF CANCERS ARE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH, TO BETTER UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE CAUSES AND ULTIMATELY CURE OPTIONS.
HE SAid HE BELIEVES THE PUBLIC WILL LIKELY CHECK OFF THE BOX TO GIVE A CONTRIBUTION TO THIS RESEARCH FUND.
“Whether or not it’s going to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, that I don’t think so, but every little bit goes a long way to helping find those cures for cancer,” said Davoli.
Davoli also hopes the Governor will soon sign another bill intending to help childhood cancer, called the "biomarker bill." The biomarker bill intends to increase access to biomarker cancer testing.