Senate Approves 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 today, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, who supported the measure.

“Research is the key to defeating the monster that is cancer,” Senator Corman said. “But treating cancer in children cannot be done in the same way that it is in adults. Today, we voted to provide the resources that pediatric cancer researchers need to expand treatment options to help defeat this monster.”

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 Pennsylvania.
  • Penn State Hershey Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
  • Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medicine.
  • 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.

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

Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov