McCaul, Butterfield introduce bipartisan legislation to support childhood cancer research

Sep 30, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), founder of the Childhood Cancer Caucus joined co-chair Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) to introduce the Give Kids A Chance Act, a bill to ensure children have access to cutting-edge trials and therapies for cancer.

“The Give Kids a Chance Act will ensure more pediatric therapeutics are explored so kids battling cancer have the best possible treatment to tackle this vicious disease. I am proud to announce this vital piece of legislation with Congressman G .K. Butterfield to further pediatric cancer research and development of life-saving treatments. I will continue to advocate for the childhood cancer community in Congress,” said Congressman McCaul.

“No family should ever have to experience the horrific pain of losing a child. Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children, and it is critical that we discover new, innovative treatments and cures," said Congressman Butterfield. "The Give Kids A Chance Act will pave the way for cutting-edge research and child-focused cancer treatments by authorizing the FDA to require pediatric cancer trials study not just one drug, but a combination of drugs so these drugs together can beat relapsed cancers. Studying combination drugs will improve outcomes for children and families in North Carolina and across the country. As the co-chair of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, I will continue to work with my fellow co-chairs and across party lines to push for legislation that gets us closer to defeating this horrible disease."



  • The Give Kids a Chance Act authorizes the FDA to require pediatric cancer trials study not just 1 drug, but a combination of drugs so that these drugs together can beat relapsed cancers. 
  • Currently, almost all pediatric cancer trials are conducted on kids with relapsed cancer. FDA is only authorized to require pediatric cancer trials of one drug. Unfortunately, children with relapsed cancer are rarely cured by one-drug treatments because their cancers are so advanced. 


Endorsed By (as of September 24, 2012):

1.        3/32 Foundation

2.        Aiden’s Army

3.        Alex’s Army Childhood Cancer Foundation

4.        Angels for Change

5.        Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation

6.        Avahstrong

7.        Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

8.        Beat Childhood Cancer Foundation

9.        Brantley Francis Foundation

10.      Brent's Place

11.      Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation

12.      Caleb’s Crusade Against Childhood Cancer


14.      Caring with Grace

15.      Carson Leslie Foundation


17.      ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation

18.      Christina Renna Foundation Inc.

19.      Clinton County Progressives

20.      Curing Kids Cancer

21.      DADA2 Foundation

22.      DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology / Oncology

23.      Dragon Master Foundation

24.      Elaine Roberts Foundation


26.      Gabriella’s Smile Foundation

27.      Give Kids The World

28.      Gold In September

29.      Gold Rush Cure Foundation

30.      Grandparents In Action

31.      Hannah’s Cans For Cancer

32.      Hunter’s Cancer Journey

33.      Joey’s Wings Foundation

34.      Kick Childhood Cancer Guild

35.      Kids vs Cancer

36.      Love Smilss

37.      Lymphedema Advocacy Group

38.      Mackey Family Children’s Cancer Foundation

39.      Making Headway Foundation

40.      Mathys & Squire LLP

41.      Matthew's Hope 4 Miracles

42.      Maynard Childhood Cancer Foundation

43.      McKenna Claire Foundation

44.      Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information Inc

45.      Mystic Force Foundation

46.      Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP)

47.      Our Amazing Fighters

48.      Pediatric Assessment Learning & Support

49.      Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

50.      Pediatric Cancer Foundation

51.      Phoenix Stone Foundation

52.      PNOC Foundation

53.      Press On Fund

54.      Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research

55.      Rett's Roost

56.      Robby Butlers Super Hero Fund

57.      Sadie Keller Foundation

58.      Sidwell Friends Middle School

59.      Swifty Foundation

60.      Syngap1 Foundation

61.      Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation

62.      Teen Cancer America

63.      The Catherine Elizabeth Blair Memorial Foundation

64.      The Cure Starts Now Foundation

65.      The Gold Hope Project

66.      The Kortney Rose Foundation

67.      The Lilabean Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research

68.      The Maeve McNicholas Memorial Foundation

69.      The Max Cure Foundation

70.      The Scott Carter Foundation

71.      The Taylor Matthews Foundation

72.      The Valerie Fund

73.      Unravel Pediatric Cancer

74.      Until 20 LLC

75.      West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders

76.      William's Warriors

77.      Wyatt's Warriors

78.      Wylie's Day Foundation