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Please Fund Childhood Cancer Research in NY
Dear [Decision Maker],
EJ was just ten when her mother took her to a perfectly innocent dermatology appointment, where by chance the doctor noticed what her parents hadn't even known to look for: a large tumor growing in her neck. It turned out that EJ had thyroid cancer, which is extremely rare in children.
EJ isn't alone. Approximately 1,000 children across the state are diagnosed with some type of cancer each year. For these children and their families, research provides hope for cures and improving their lives...yet the state does not have funding dedicated specifically for childhood cancer research. I am writing to ask you to commit $2.5 million in state funding for childhood cancer research in 2018-19.EJ's doctor needed to perform a thyroidectomy, which carried a high risk of permanently damaging her vocal cords. Fortunately, the surgery was a success, and after three years of on and off treatments, she was declared cancer-free.Today, she's a writer and captain of her debate team, and every time she gives a speech she is thankful for having her voice and the ability to speak up for myself. Now EJ is using her voice to help make sure other children don't have to go through what she endured.
EJ is just one of the many reasons we need funding for childhood cancer research and treatment. We can and must do more to address this heartbreaking issue. Will you support including $2.5 million in state funding for childhood cancer research and treatment?I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]