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    Posted August 30, 2014 by
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    Kids First


    Thank you President Barack Obama for another year of lame excuses as to why the White House will not light up gold this year in honor of children affected by pediatric cancer.


    Your presidential proclamation of “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” is a waste of government money and time. I found the intern who wrote up the proclamation to honor  “National Day of Making” was far more passionate and inspiring…We must have got last year’s intern because this is pretty much a copy and paste of the proclamation you issued last year minus the picture of you rubbing elbows with cancer kids and their families.


    You mention the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act as one of your accomplishments but I have been following the progress of this act. This act was started in 2013, there has been so much stalling and dancing around…..do you guys understand that 7 children are dying a day in our country while waiting for elected officials to effectively do their jobs.


    Here is an update from 4 days ago in regards to Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act;


    “The Smashing Walnuts Foundation, started by Gabriella, her parents and her brother 3 months before she died, awarded its first grant today. A $100,000 research grant was presented to Dr. Javad Nazarian, the researcher to whom Gabriella's tumor was donated. It's not the $126,000,000 available in the Gabriella Miller
    Kids First Research Act, but it is more than Congress has allocated for the legislation to date. The Miller's will continue to raise private funds to support research while also pushing Congress to fund this important legislation.”


    So it seems to me $100,000 was allocated which would cover like 2 days of a child with cancer’s stay in the hospital.


    Is that a joke? Because it feels like a slap in the face and all I can say is what I said last year.


    Thanks for nothing.



    Give our kids the money they need to fight this dreadful disease because pennies are not enough.


    In the infamous words of Gabriella Miller, “"less talking, more doing... We need action."






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