U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has received the 2020 Advocacy Award from the St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) for his work advocating for sick children and their families by championing the need for more pediatric cancer research dollars.
“Cancer is the second leading cause of death among children, and it deserves more attention and resources because no kid should have to go through cancer,” said Rep. Davis. “That’s why I’ve been advocating for additional pediatric cancer research funding in Congress. I’ve been proud to team up with advocates like the Wade family and those on the frontlines of fighting cancer like St. Louis Children’s Hospital on this issue. I’d like to thank the SLCH for this Award and for the amazing work they do, and I look forward to continuing to work together on this issue.”
“During the turbulence of 2020, we are profoundly grateful to Mr. McMillan and Rep. Davis for their work to care for and protect children across Missouri and Illinois, their passion for collaboration and partnership. Their passion for collaboration and partnership, and their leadership is making our community a better place for kids and their families,” said Trish Lollo, president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
From the St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s announcement: “Rep. Davis has been on the forefront of recognizing the importance of research and development as part of the health care continuum. As such, he has been part of a group of influential legislators who have been successful in funding the National Institutes of Health to its highest level in fifteen years, ensuring precious research dollars are being well spent in fighting chronic diseases and finding cures. In this vein, Rep. Davis has visited Children’s Hospital several times to learn more about its innovative cancer initiatives and treatments at Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He also introduced the Jonny Wade Pediatric Cancer Research Act that would better earmark and allocate funds directly to pediatric cancer research.”
Also receiving the 2020 Advocacy Award is Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
You can find the full press release announcing the Award from St. Louis Children’s Hospital here. You can find a link to the broadcast of the St. Louis Children’s Hospitals 2020 Advocacy Awards video here.