Sen. Yaw Supports Bill to Improve Research, Treatment of Pediatric Cancer

HARRISBURG – Pediatric cancer research hospitals could benefit from up to $100 million in new private donations under a bill approved by the Senate this week, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), who supported the measure.

Senate Bill 74 would create a tax credit program for qualifying donations made to a Pennsylvania pediatric cancer research hospital. Credits would be limited to $10 million per year over the next 10 years.

The credit would apply to qualifying donations made to:

  • The Center for Childhood Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia;
  • Penn State Hershey Pediatric Hematology/Oncology;
  • Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medicine; and
  • The UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

According to the American Cancer Society, more children die from cancer than any other disease. However, the National Cancer Institute spends just 4 percent of its research dollars on pediatric cancer.

“This bill will provide the resources that pediatric cancer research hospitals need to expand treatment options and provide a brighter prognosis for patients,” Sen. Yaw said.  “I was happy to support this measure.”

Senate Bill 74 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff

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