(March 21) – The House Transportation and Energy Committee voted 12-1 today to approve Speaker Crisanta Duran’s bipartisan bill to create a Childhood Cancer Awareness special Colorado license plate.
Speaker Duran worked on this legislation with 14-year-old Gabe Santistevan, a brain cancer survivor, and his family. When Gabe saw the specialty license plates to raise awareness for issues like breast cancer and our veterans, he turned to his family in his hospital room and told them that he wished to see a license plate with a gold ribbon on cars across Colorado.
“Gabe and the efforts of his family inspire me,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver, who sponsored the bill with Rep. Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs. “I hope we can quickly pass this bill so we can continue to raise awareness about childhood cancer and raise vital funds for families who need it most.”
More than 10,000 children in the US under the age of 15 were diagnosed with cancer just last year. After leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children.
HB18-1255 now goes to the House Finance Committee.