AWOCCF supports all legislation that has the potential to benefit children with cancer. In 2013 we released “The Truth 365: A National Priority.” This film urged Congress to take action and featured quotes by 10-year-old Gabriella Miller. The day the video was released we were invited to the Capitol along with Gabriella’s parents. The House Majority Leader told us that he was inspired by the film and that he wanted to use segments to motivate his colleagues in Congress to take action on behalf of children.
The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on May 16, 2013 by Rep. Gregg Harper. It was referred to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the U.S. House Committee on House Administration, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and the U.S. House Energy Subcommittee on Health. On December 11, 2013, the House voted in Roll Call Vote 632 to pass the bill 295-103. On March 11, 2014, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the bill by unanimous consent. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on April 3, 2014.
In addition, our efforts have helped pass important legislation including the Creating Hope Act 2012, the RACE for Children Act 2017 and the STAR Act 2018 which has lead to millions in funding for childhood cancer research.