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Legislation announced for specialty license plate to benefit MACC Fund

December 11, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the MACC Fund hosted a news conference on Monday, Dec. 7, to announce proposed legislation for a new Wisconsin license plate promoting the fight against childhood cancer. The bill is expected to have a public hearing in early 2016.

If the bill passes, the cost of the specialty license plate will be an extra $40 in addition to one’s regular license registration fee. A portion of the revenues will go to the MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. The MACC Fund is the largest organizational donor to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The idea for the license plate originated from the Verhaalens, whose 10-year-old daughter, Alison, was treated in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital. Following her death in November 2014, the family worked with Rep. Janel Brandtjen and Sen. Duey Stroebel to introduce the bill.

“As a member of the legislature, I’m grateful to share in this opportunity to create awareness for one of the most devastating illnesses known to this world: childhood cancer,” Brandtjen said. “This bill provides all of us who wish to draw attention to this disease the ability to purchase a special license plate to help cure childhood cancer and most importantly support the MACC Fund. I cannot think of a better cause.”

“Every day, thousands of people are going to see this license plate on the road driving around, and every time it’s going to come into their mind about the MACC Fund and the great things it does,” Stroebel said. “It’s going to motivate people, I believe, to become more involved, to contribute, and to continue the amazing work of the MACC Fund.”

Dr. David Margolis from Children’s Hospital was also present at the event, where he called the license plate a great use of political influence.

“By supporting the MACC Fund, the license plate will support needed research so other families in the future don’t have to suffer as Ali’s family has,” Margolis said. “Having 100 percent quality of life survival is what these kids and families deserve and demand.”

According to MACC Fund president and co-founder Jon McGlocklin, more than $55 million has been donated toward the fight against childhood cancer since the organization’s inception 39 years ago. Furthermore, the five-year survival rate for childhood cancer has gone from 20 percent to more than 80 percent during that time.

“We’re talking about children’s lives, mothers and fathers, grandparents, the doctors…everybody who’s impacted by your child developing childhood cancer,” McGlocklin said. “What do we do at the MACC Fund? We try to continue to raise awareness, and we try to continue to raise money for research to give to these wonderful institutions.”

About the MACC Fund
The MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc., was founded in 1976. It supports translational research into pediatric cancer and blood disorders, in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It supports scientific research at the MACC Fund Research Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and in the MACC Fund Childhood Cancer Research Wing of the Carbone Cancer Center of the University of Wisconsin. By year’s end, the MACC Fund will have contributed over $55 million for pediatric cancer and blood disorders research like aplastic anemia and sickle cell disease. The overall cure rate for childhood cancer has risen from 20 percent to 80 percent during this time with the MACC Fund’s support playing an important role in that progress. Children can relapse and have “late effect” issues however, which requires continued research.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2014, Children’s invested more than $102 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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