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Statement by Vicky Funanage, PhD, Operational Vice President, Research at Nemours

Friday, Aug 4, 2017

On the Passage of the RACE for Children Act in the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017

Nemours greatly appreciates Senator Rubio’s leadership in working with Senate colleagues to ensure inclusion of the RACE for Children Act in the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, legislation that passed the Senate today and is expected to be signed by President Trump. 

Advancements in pediatric research are a critical priority for Nemours and the children and families we serve. The RACE for Children Act would prompt pharmaceutical companies to examine the safety and efficacy of adult cancer drugs in the pediatric population, based on the relevance of the molecular targets to the growth or progression of a pediatric cancer. We live in a time of great promise and possibility in the research field, and enactment of the RACE for Children Act will help expand the number of cancer therapies studied in the pediatric population, providing the opportunity for the development of more cures.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.