Pediatric cancer trust fund personal for Senator sponsoring tax refund donation legislation

02/12/2015 08:57 AM

FRANKFORT — A bill which could help children with cancer is personal for sponsor Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, whose son was diagnosed with the disease at six-months old.

Senate Bill 82 , sponsored by Sen. Wise, would allow state residents to donate their income tax returns directly to the pediatric cancer research trust fund via a check box on the front of the tax return.

The bill cleared the Senate Appropriations and Revenue committee on Tuesday with a unanimous 11 to 0 vote.

Wise says the funding is desperately needed.

“Right now, nationally, only four percent of federal dollars goes towards pediatric cancer,” Wise said. “At the state level it’s a start, not an end but it is, at least, a way to raise awareness and also get people discussing pediatric cancer and a way to generate some money off of this as well.”

Pediatric cancer is personal for Wise. His son Carter is a stage four cancer survivor after being diagnosed at six-months old.

“It spread through his clavicle, bone marrow, all throughout his body,” Wise said. “It was found in the adrenal gland. When something like that hits at home, you want to make sure that you are a champion for the cause and something that I always wanted to raise awareness with.”

Wise feels that the bill has wide support, both in the Senate and the House, and sees it as a non-partisan bill.

“This is something that we should look at,” Wise said. “Let’s put politics aside and let’s think in the best interest of children.”

The legislation is expected for a vote on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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