Supporters of Get Well Gabby, it is time to change the world.
The foundation paperwork is still being processed, but in the meantime, there is a very easy way you can help us make a difference in childhood cancer. Take five minutes and sign our petition to the Obama administration, then get one other person to sign it too.
Here is the petition text full petition text we would have liked to submit. Whitehouse.gov limits us to 800 characters. There is more discussion below.
Dear President Obama,
During your State of the Union address you said, “Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched.” 5 year-old Gabriella Vogel needed a treatment like that.
It is too late for her, but today more than 36 children will learn they have cancer. Today, the families and loved ones close to those children will hope and pray that a cure will be found in time to save their little boy or girl from the horrors that a cancer diagnosis brings: The surgeries; the radiation; the chemotherapy; the health problems that plague them for the rest of their lives should they be lucky enough to survive; or the knowledge that today they may be one of the 10% who succumb to their disease.
Please help make finding a cure for them a reality.
As you prepare your 2013 federal budget for Congress, I urge you to spur innovation by increasing funding for childhood cancer research – especially pediatric brain cancers like DIPG.
Pediatric brain cancers have no known cause, let alone a cure. Look at DIPG, which was Gabby’s disease: Hundreds of children have a DIPG tumor budding deep inside their brains right now. One of my children could have one. Malia or Sasha could have one. There is no way to know until that tumor starts to grow. Once it does, and DIPG is diagnosed it is nearly guaranteed your child will die a horrible death from that cancer.
Keep your State of the Union promise: Increase the funding for research to find a cure for childhood cancers. Basic research into the leading fatal disease among children is likely to lead to new discoveries that help treat or prevent other types of adult cancer. If this great nation can find a cure, it will help the thousands of families that lose a child to this horrible disease.
Gabby’s Uncle Chris, signatory #1.
To get an official response from the Obama administration, we need 25,000 signatures on this petition. The website gives us 30 days to get those signatures, but we don’t have that much time. Mr. Obama will be submitting his budget to congress on February 13.
It is urgent that we get this petition filled as fast as possible to directly influence this budget.
Here are the facts. As I write this, Get Well Gabby has more than 17,400 supporters in the United States. If every one of you signs this petition and gets just one more person to sign it too, we will blow away that 25,000 signature goal.
If you are one of our more than 2,000 supporters outside the United States, you can’t sign the petition yourself, but you can ask your friends in the USA to sign.
I watch the server logs too, and I know only about 6,000 of you will see this post within 24 hours of when it is published. If you have friends who don’t check this site regularly, urge them to get on and take action.
The US Government is one of the leading sources of funding of childhood cancer research. In 2010, that amounted to $ 190 million, which represents less than 4% of their total research budget. Compare this to more than $300 million spent on prostate cancer and $630 million spent on breast cancer research. Both of these cancers are on the decline, while childhood cancer is on the rise.
Help us secure more of your tax dollars to help find the causes and a cure for childhood cancer.
This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard.
-Barack Obama, January 24, 2012
Believe you can make a difference.
Believe in a cure.