HARRISBURG – Up to $100 million in private donations could be generated over the next decade to support childhood cancer research under a bill approved by the PA Senate, according to the bill’s sponsor, Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin. Senate Bill 74 would create a tax credit program for qualifying donations to a Pennsylvania pediatric cancer research hospital. The program would be capped at $10 million per year over the next 10 years. Martin authored a law in 2018 that allows Pennsylvanians to donate $5 to the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund when electronically renewing a driver’s license, photo ID or vehicle registration. According to the American Cancer Society, more children die from cancer than any other disease. Currently, the National Cancer Institute spends less than 4% of its research dollars on pediatric cancer. The bill was sent to the state House for consideration.

SEN. SCOTT MARTIN