Texas Governor Signs Cancer Research Bill
Texas Governor Rick Perry signs HB 14, which establishes the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Last month, the Texas legislature passed the companion legislation, HJR 90, which assures a public vote on November 6 and offers Texans an opportunity to approve $3 billion in general obligation bonds that would provide $300 million a year for cancer research in Texas.
Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and founder and chairman of the LAF, testified at the Texas Capitol in support of the bill, which was sponsored by Senators Jane Nelson and Kirk Watson and Representatives Jim Keffer and Patrick Rose.
"This legislation is a bold commitment to invest in cancer prevention and research over the next ten years," Armstrong said. "I am confident that the people of Texas will overwhelmingly choose to make Texas a worldwide leader in cancer prevention and research."
If voters concur in November, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas would fund research to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The legislation will also expand important cancer prevention, early detection and control programs funded by the Texas Cancer Council.
In support of this critical initiative, the LAF was part of a coalition that also included Kill Cancer, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Texas Medical Association.
"This significant legislative success is the result of a united force to make cancer a state priority and, ultimately, a national priority," Armstrong said. "Once passed, this bill will be the single largest state investment dedicated solely to cancer research and prevention programs."
Cancer costs Texans approximately $30 billion a year in direct and indirect costs. This year alone, more than 85,000 Texans will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 35,000 Texans will lose their lives to the disease.