Science Saves Lives

Published on 
April 17, 2017

Research is a team sport. Each advance is incremental – small but crucial in reaching the next, significant step toward finding a solution. Science is currently under a great deal of scrutiny because of how it is conducted and how it is funded.  

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles we are taking the upcoming March for Science as an opportunity to talk to our investigators about how medicine has changed over the course of their careers. One field that has truly transformed in the past 50 years is the most common pediatric cancer – acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

According to Leo Mascarenhas, MD, Deputy Director of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA:

50 years ago, 85% of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia died.

Today, more than 85% of these children survive.

Those are compelling statistics – especially if they represent your child.

The research leading to these advances was funded by taxpayers like you. The currently proposed federal budget cuts funding for medical research by nearly 20%. Please express your desire to continue having  tax dollars invested in children’s health by contacting your representative and expressing your interest in fully funding the NIH. This important work, that benefits us all, should be continued.

Thank you for your support.