Clyde update: Latta secures $10M for cancer research

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green)
Warren Brown in a previous interview with News 11.
Warren Brown in a previous interview with News 11.


A press release from the office of Bob Latta

WASHINGTON- During today's markup of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) was successful in re-directing $10 million of funding towards pediatric cancer research and eradication efforts through a manager's amendment.  Congressman Latta worked with Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), a member of the Appropriations Committee, to ensure the funding was included in the manager's amendment.

The $10 million was re-directed from the Department of Health and Human Services' administrative budget and directed to the National Cancer Institute in order to conduct special research into pediatric cancers.  The National Cancer Institute will use the money towards funding a portion of the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2008.  The Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2008 was introduced by former Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R-OH), in memory of her daughter who passed due to childhood cancer.

With this re-direction of funds, cancer cluster studies such as the ongoing study occurring in Clyde, Ohio will be able to receive funding from the National Cancer Institute for their ongoing research into the Clyde Childhood Cancer Cluster.

"This re-direction of funds is an important first step towards funding the ongoing research in the Clyde Childhood Cancer Cluster and other cancer cluster studies across the country.  I want to thank Congressman Cole for his assistance in ensuring the manager's amendment included this funding.  I will continue to work to ensure this funding remains in the appropriations bill through the House and Senate and is signed into law," Latta stated.

Clyde's Brown family gets call from Bob Latta

CLYDE (WTOL) - We have an update on the journey of Alexa Brown, an 11 year-old from Clyde who is suffering from cancer.

Her father, Warren, tells us he's finally getting a response from local lawmakers. U.S. Congressman Bob Latta called the Brown family this week.

Latta told Warren Brown he is going to push for an amendment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget, which gives specific funding for pediatric cancer. He warns, however that he couldn't make any guarantees.

Brown tells us he plans to speak with Latta again and invite him to a face-to-face meeting.

In the meantime, you can read the family's blog. Also a previous News 11 report: Clyde's Alexa Brown has taken turn for worse. In that report, Warren told News 11, "What I'd like is for you to get off your duffs in Washington and come sit on this porch in Clyde, Ohio and come speak to me man-to-man."