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Kustoff Raises Awareness for Childhood Cancer

September 26, 2018
Press Release

Click to download broadcast quality clip of Congressman Kustoff’s speech.
Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2018 – Today, Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to bring awareness to childhood cancer.  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
A transcript of Congressman Kustoff’s speech on the House floor can be found below:
Congressman Kustoff said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of families and children everywhere who have been affected by childhood cancer. 
“September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  As I think about the meaning behind this month, I realize childhood cancer has had a significant impact on my district in West Tennessee.
“According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization more than 15,000 children under 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year. It is heartbreaking that any family must endure the pain caused by childhood cancer. 
“Thanks to the countless efforts by doctors, nurses, and researchers, the childhood cancer survival rate has now reached over 80 percent. 
“Back home, we are fortunate to have state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to childhood cancer research with personnel working each day to see that our children are receiving the best possible care.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis provides top-notch cancer treatment to nearly 7,500 patients from all over the world each year.
“From medical personnel to volunteers to families sharing their testimonies, my district is filled with many who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of an end to childhood cancer. 
“Here in Congress, I have supported numerous initiatives to fight so that all children have a chance of survival. Most recently, I cosponsored and voted for the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, which was signed into law by President Trump this summer.
“Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude, believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. We have come so far to increase the odds of survival and recovery.  But we will not stop there.
“I feel fortunate knowing that each day, we are one step closer to finding cures and ensuring that every child has the chance to live.
“Thank you, and I yield back.”