Cancer cluster meeting: Browns meet Brown

By Jonathan Walsh - bio | email

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CLYDE, OH (WTOL) - Thursday was a day a Clyde family has been waiting for, a chance to tell political leaders to push for more funding for childhood cancer research.

Warren and Wendy Brown sat down with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to talk about their daughter's lost battle with cancer.

"I think I need to share Alexa's story with you," began Warren Brown.

He and his wife Wendy detailed their daughter's fight against cancer for the senator as he sat on the Brown's front porch.

The three talked about a recent proposal to actually start to fund a Childhood Cancer Act for an initial $10 million of $30 million committed.

Sen. Brown called out the National Cancer Institute. "This is only a small part of what NCI should be doing."

Wendy couldn't hold back her urgency. "But until the $10 million...the $30 million...the symbolic dollars...there's nothing!"

Sen. Brown agreed, saying, "Pediatrics has always been under funded."

He says he's working on creating centers of excellence where highly skilled physicians would focus on childhood health problems.

By the end of the meeting, Wendy gave Sen. Brown a picture of Alexa.

The senator says when he's back in Washington he'll keep her in mind when talking to congressional leadership about additional resources for pediatric health, saying he'll "make sure we can take this step. This isn't the only step, not the biggest step, but an important beginning step."

Wendy said, "This can't wait for a decade to start doing something."

Sen. Brown pledged that he was committed.

It's that kind of response the Browns have been looking for and promised Alexa before she passed away that they would fight for.

"Her journey, although it may be over in an Earthly fashion...There's a new path that's just opened up."

Warren and Wendy say you can be a part of Alexa's continued journey by talking with your representatives.

Go to the Big Red Box for contact information to Sen. Brown's office, Sen. George Voinovich's office and Congressman Bob Latta's office, plus links to the House and Senate websites.

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