Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer powered charity committed to funding the
most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers, has been a passion
for Jeremy B. Harrison, M.D., Pediatrician at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, for
the past 8 years. He helped to found the annual ‘Bald in the Boro’ event that
took place last Friday, March 17th at Lanes, Trains and Automobiles,
where nearly $50,000 was raised in donations towards this worthy organization.
His efforts have grown with every passing year, benefiting families all over
the community. Now his contributions are being noticed nationwide as Dr.
Harrison was selected along with five other shavees from Middle Tennessee to
travel to Washington D. C. to advocate for the Childhood Cancer STAR Act.
The Childhood Cancer STAR Act is the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced into Congress. This bill has four main areas of focus, including resources to maximize childhood cancer survivors’ quality of life, opportunities to continue progress in childhood cancer research, efforts to improve childhood cancer surveillance, and connecting children with the life-saving treatments they so desperately need.
The STAR Act passed in the House of Representatives in December, but unfortunately didn’t make it through the Senate before the end of the year. The goal is to now get the STAR Act passed by both the Senate and the House this year.
As Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Senator Lamar Alexander plays a very critical role in whether the STAR Act receives a hearing. During his time in Washington, Dr. Harrison shared his personal testimonies as a child cancer advocate with Senator Alexander among other influential individuals. He shared that “it was an eye opening experience to see the legislative process at work, and be part of a delegation to encourage our elected representatives to support this bill.” This opportunity now establishes him as an advocate for families encountering this disease not only in Middle Tennessee, but all across the United States.
The STAR Act now needs the voice of the American people. Granting the STAR Act a hearing would be a milestone toward eliminating the #1 disease killer of kids in the US, and securing a brighter future for children through tangible and effective resources.
Visit stbaldricks.org/advocacy to find out how to be an advocate for these children today.