Ending seven years of work for the cancer survivor from Boise, the Senate gave final approval to “Trevor’s Law,” legislation mandating that the federal government document childhood and adult cancer clusters in Idaho and around the nation.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign it.
The Senate included Trevor’s Law, sponsored by Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Crapo and California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, into a broader bill, the Toxic Substances Control Act. It passed on a unanimous vote.
Crapo said the bill is “a significant milestone in how cancer clusters will be identified, monitored and treated in the United States.”
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Schaefer was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002 at age 13. In 2013, he joined activist Erin Brockovich and others to testify for the legislation on Capitol Hill.
We will now be able to more effectively and efficiently identify cancer clusters throughout the United States and uncover why such cancer clusters exist.
Crapo said passage of the law was a testament to the determination and commitment of Trevor Schaefer and his mother, Charlie Smith, also of Boise.
In a statement Tuesday night, Schaefer, now 27, said he was pleased “that after seven long years of fighting for environmental justice the voices of all of our children and communities have been heard.”