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When Rep. Michael McCaul was in grade school, he lost his best friend to cancer. It has always affected him, especially when he meets with constituents whose children are sick.
And then three years ago, he met an inspiring new friend.
Sadie Keller was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 when she was seven. She came to Capitol Hill from Texas to lobby Congress in March 2016 and met McCaul for the first time.
“I met him and I told him everything, what we’re doing and what we’re trying to accomplish. He said that was awesome,” said Sadie, now 10.
Families struggling with childhood cancer could soon have more options. That’s after President Trump signed the RACE for Children Act, a new law that allows drugs that fight cancer for adults to be tested and regulated to fight childhood cancer. The law was sponsored by Central Texas Republican Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
It’s not a normal day at Twin Creeks Country Club in Cedar Park. Yes, the golfing is there but rarely has there been such a cause behind it.
A new law, introduced by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and a group of bipartisan lawmakers, could make it easier for children with cancer to battle the disease with the help of adult cancer drugs.
The Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act – or RACE for Children Act – gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to require that adult cancer drugs be studied for safety and effectiveness in children battling the disease. President Donald Trump signed the legislation Friday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – applauds President Trump for signing RACE for Children Act (Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act) into law.
RACE will now allow the most innovative adult treatments for cancer to be studied for use in children.
As a father of five, I know that every parent’s worst nightmare is their children receiving a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. Tragically, this nightmare turns into a reality for over 15,000 families each year. Growing up, my childhood best friend was part of this statistic; he sadly lost his life to the fight. It wasn’t fair then and isn’t fair now when a child’s life is cut short. With today’s advancements in science, this statistic should not be as high as it is and cancer should not be the number one cause of death for our children.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is scary and life changing. Even more devastating are the tragic instances of cancer in our nation’s children. Over 15,000 children are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. Pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children. Together, working across the aisle to put children first, we set out with an aim to help children battling cancer celebrate a long life full of birthdays.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Michael T. McCaul (R-TX-10) and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) released the following statements after their bipartisan bill, H.R. 1231 - RACE for Children Act (Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act) - passed the House as part of H.R. 2430 - the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – spoke on the House floor in support of the Verify First Act, a bill he helped introduce with Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), which would protect taxpayer dollars. Following the speech, the bill passed the House.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – released the below statement following the passage of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Michael T. McCaul (R-TX-10), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01), Sean Duffy (R-WI-07), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09), along with U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) reintroduced the RACE for Children Act (Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act), H.R. 231/S. 456, to support the development of innovative and promising cancer drugs for children.