Springfield…State Representative Deanne M. Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) has been appointed to serve on the Illinois Childhood Cancer Board. Mazzochi’s responsibilities on the Board will include making recommendations for pediatric cancer research grants backed by the State of Illinois.
“Any cancer diagnosis is devastating, especially when a child is involved. Illinois has many oncology centers and tremendous organizations researching childhood cancers. It leads the Midwest in making pediatric cancer diagnoses. I look forward to directing funds towards innovative research and finding support for needed clinical studies to help accomplish this life-saving work. New therapies can help both our own state’s children suffering from dreadful diseases, and the nation’s,” stated Mazzochi. “We also should encourage fundamental research on oncology models to design new cures, and ensure that Illinois has the most advanced and promising research centers and resources.”
With data suggesting nearly 12,000 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer this year, the effort to expedite the research childhood cancer has become a priority. Mazzochi’s private sector experience includes review of new pharmaceuticals and clinical trials, including in pediatric cancer. This position will put her in the position to make recommendations for grant funding for pediatric cancer research.
The Childhood Cancer Research Board reviews grant applications; makes recommendations; and consults with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in grant making from funds within the Childhood Cancer Research Fund to public or private not-for-profit entities that conduct childhood cancer research. The Childhood Cancer Research Fund receives most of its funding from voluntary charitable contributions donated by Illinoisans who check the applicable box on their state income tax return. Mazzochi joins 10 other members on the board, including the Director of the IDPH, qualified medical professionals with expertise in pediatric cancer, and bipartisan colleagues in the General Assembly.
To learn more about this research board, please visit RepMazzochi.com or contact the Representative’s office at (630) 852-8633.