The PRCRP is a competitive grant program that funds research into several cancers and cancer-related disorders. Every year, Congress appropriates funding for the PRCRP through the Defense Appropriations Act, and specifically designates the types of cancers that are eligible for funding.
Previously funded at $50 million, the Senate this year included a $10 million increase in funding for the overall PRCRP program. ABTA led the effort to include brain cancer in the PRCRP, working with Senator Markey in the Senate and Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) in the House.
Both House and Senate Defense Appropriations bills must go before their full respective chambers for approval, which may happen sometime in June. However, having the brain cancer designation in both House and Senate bills significantly increases the likelihood that the provision will remain in the final bill should Congress be able to complete a final package of spending bills at the end of the year. ABTA will continue to work throughout the year to protect the language.
"May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, and we've been able to celebrate some significant milestones this month," said Wilson. "Our members will stay engaged with their Members of Congress to protect this funding and get this provision signed into law."
The Senate bill also maintains eligibility for funding "pediatric brain tumor" research through the PRCRP, a designation that has been included for several consecutive years in the annual Defense Appropriations Act.
About the American Brain Tumor Association
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was first and is the only national advocacy organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing education and information for all tumor types and all age groups. For more information, visit www.abta.org or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).
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