Clyde parents take fight against pediatric cancer to Washington

Sandusky Register

Wendy and Warren Brown had a single promise in their hearts as they made another pilgrimage into the halls of Washington, D.C., last month.

"Mine is a promise I made to Alexa on her death bed," Warren said, back at home last week. "That her death would not be in vain."

The grieved Clyde parents lost their 11-year-old daughter to brain cancer in August 2009.

Since then, they've turned their attention to championing for childhood cancer research and awareness.

Parents in the Clyde area still have no answers about what caused almost 40 children in the community to develop cancer.

But movement on the federal level might soon push forward better medications for childhood cancers and create federal response teams to investigate potential disease clusters, the Browns said.

Much of the progress involves U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who took a special interest in childhood cancer and disease clusters after visiting Wendy and Warren at their home just days after Alexa died.

Sen. Brown helped secure $3 million in funding for the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act in late 2009, more than a year after lawmakers unanimously approved the bill to create $30 million in funding for five years for childhood cancer research.

Congress hadn't approved a single dollar for the act before that, despite bipartisan support for the legislation.

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