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Sign The Petition to Make Childhood Cancer Research a National Priority

Bobby Chen

THON 2014 may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities for Penn State students to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.

This petition, sent to Onward State via a Four Diamonds mom a few days ago, was started by The Truth 365, a national organization dedicated to shedding light on the realities of childhood cancer research funding through social media and an Emmy Award-Winning documentary. The petition aims to make Congress aware of the state of childhood cancer research funding and encourage them to make childhood cancer research a national priority.

The petition, which can be found on The Truth 365 website, reads “I, the undersigned, urge the President and Congress to take leadership roles by making pediatric cancer research a national priority in the budget. In addition, I ask the President to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and implement a national plan for the advancement of childhood cancer research across all appropriate functions of the department.”

The Truth 365 reached their goal of 100,000 signatures before February 24, and on February 25, Fairfax High School DECA Students delivered the petition with over 100,000 signatures to Senator Mark Warner in Washington, D.C.  However, The Truth 365 is still accepting signatures and plans to deliver the next round of signatures in September.

Several Four Diamonds families have voiced their support for the petition via social media, and now the THON community has an opportunity to step in. Supporters can sign the petition here to bring the country one step closer to making childhood cancer research a national priority.

THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more