McClure bill to spread awareness, aid research
Legislation to aid in pediatric cancer research passed out of the Illinois Senate on Thursday, April 11. Senate Bill 946 sponsored by State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) came to light when he heard about a Jersey County family’s struggle with pediatric cancer. Jonny Wade was diagnosed at age seven. He passed away in 2015 after bravely battling the disease for nearly a year.
“Cancer has hit my family hard and has impacted the lives of so many in our state. This bill supports children battling cancer,” said Sen. McClure. “Advances have greatly improved outcomes over the years, however, more work must be done. I’m proud that this piece of legislation is my first bill to pass out of the Illinois Senate.”
How it would work
Senate Bill 946 would authorize the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to issue a decal for pediatric cancer awareness. The funds would go to the University of Illinois Cancer Center for pediatric cancer research. The decals would have an original issuance fee of $25; with $10 to the awareness fund and $15 to the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund. The renewal fee would be $25 with $23 to the fund and $2 to the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund.
Aiding in awareness
Philanthropy fuels research and discovery—which advances our understanding of childhood diseases and how to prevent and treat them. Additional funding will enable specialists to provide vital health care services to our communities and train the next generation of leaders in children’s medicine. With your purchase of a plate, hospitals can move from trial to therapy, from analysis to life-saving treatment. Together, we can change the future for our smallest patients. More information can be discovered on Sen. McClure’s website at: senatormcclure.com.