La Crosse Woman Travels to Capital to Fight for Childhood Cancer


A La Crosse woman is back in western Wisconsin after she traveled to Washington D.C. last week to urge lawmakers to make childhood cancer research a priority.

When Mariah Forster Olson was only one year old, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

Nearly four decades later, she has turned her health scare into action while working with numerous non-profits of cancer research.

She says the most important way to help fight childhood cancer is to fund research.

“Childhood cancer, it consists of 16 different types of cancer and hundreds of different subtypes and the money that we get has to be divided up among all of those. So we definitely need money for research for treatments and cures for childhood cancer as well as better treatments that are less toxic,” said Forster Olson.

She traveled to D.C as part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

This was her second trip to the nation’s capital.

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