To: Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Sen. Joni Ernst (IA-2)

Support Funding for Pediatric GIST Reseach

The committees on health and human services in the House and Senate are evaluating funding; please sign this petition of support for Dr. Kim's funding so he can continue his GIST research.

Why is this important?

Budget cuts in Washington, D.C. will eliminate the funding for the doctor, Su Young Kim, who is the principal researcher into pediatric gastrointestinal stromal cancer (GIST).The rarity of this tumor, combined with biological differences between children and adults with GIST, have made it difficult to study the natural history of this disorder and to determine the best therapy for pediatric patients.
Pediatric GIST research at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, is conducting a clinical studies of the disease, working with patients from across the country.

It's an effort to better understand the disease and develop better treatments for the children afflicted by it.