Smashing Walnuts Foundation Applauds Introduction of
The Kids First Research Act 2.0
“It’s a Good Day in the Fight against Childhood Cancer”
LEESBURG, VA— Smashing Walnuts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of, and funds for, finding a cure for childhood brain cancer. Today, Smashing Walnuts Foundation commends Congresswoman Barbara Comstock of Virginia for introducing The Kids First Research Act 2.0; H.R. (House Resolution) 2008. “The Kids First Research Act 2.0 will transfer approximately $320 million in idle federal funds to the NIH to be used for childhood cancer research and other pediatric diseases, and continues the legacy of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act which was signed into law three years ago. Smashing Walnuts Foundation, founded and led by Ellyn and Mark Miller, is working tirelessly to find cures for childhood cancer and these funds will help continue the innovative and
A bill that will accelerate the delivery of breakthrough treatments and cures to those in desperate need is headed to President Obama’s desk for a final signature. The United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in early December.
Smashing Walnuts is honored to announce today that Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be a featured speaker at the 3rd Annual Cracking the Cure Gala on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Dr. Collins leads the NIH, the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.
Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, received the National Medal of Science in 2009 and is also a New York Times bestselling author.
“Because of NIH-funded research and contributions made by advocacy groups like the
$12.6 million in additional NIH funding will help advance research into pediatric diseases
Leesburg, Va.–The Smashing Walnuts Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding to find a cure for childhood brain cancer, commends Congress for coming together to pass, and the President for signing, a comprehensive appropriation bill that includes critical research dollars to fight pediatric cancer and other devastating childhood diseases.
In addition to a $2 billion increase to the overall budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bill dedicates $12.6 million to the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Fund for fiscal year 2016. We are thankful that Congress appropriated this critical funding and further instructed NIH to prioritize childhood cancer within the program through language requested by the Smashing Walnuts Foundation.
The Smashing Walnuts Foundation is proud to lead a diverse group of advocates working to