20M € voted for research on pediatric cancers! - 29 oct. 2021

At the end of 2018, the Minister of Research Frédérique Vidal had granted the establishment of a fund of 5 million euros per year for research on childhood cancer. This fund showed both its effectiveness and its insufficiency: 15 to 20 million per year were lacking. Under the leadership of Eva pour la vie and with the support of Grandir Sans Cancer, several deputies have joined forces. The most ambitious, Béatrice Descamps, proposed an amendment of 20 million. It was voted after a start to the meeting, however not very encouraging ...

The emotion is obviously great within the associations of parents. This fight is not new: In 2014, under the leadership of Eva pour la vie and a handful of associations of parents bearing the first names of their children (Aidons Marina ...), Jean-Christophe Lagarde was the first deputy to file a PPL on the subject, aiming to create a minor tax on the turnover of drug manufacturers, to allocate around 20 million euros per year (out of 60 billion euros / year in turnover in France). In 2021, more than 100 parent associations, grouped together in a 100% voluntary federation, Grandir Sans Cancer , are mobilizing for this research.

The allocation of funds of 5 M € / year dedicated to research on pediatric cancers showed its effectiveness, but the cursor was not sufficient. Moreover, as early as 2018, several deputies had tried to obtain between 15 and 20 million euros per year, in particular Benoit Simian, Eric Woerth, Eric Diard and still Jean-Christophe Lagarde (UDI) no doubt proud that his colleague Béatrice Descamps managed to achieve such an unexpected victory.

With these new resources, associations can hope that there is no longer any need to choose between several good research projects, several research teams which too often came last. While they work on an essential subject: to seek to save more children's lives.

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