Family Continues To Push For Pediatric Cancer Research

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One Lincoln family is reaching out to state senators in hopes of bringing more attention and more dollars to pediatric cancer.

$1.8 million of the state's cash reserve could go to starting a pediatric cancer research organization at the University of Nebraska Medical Center if a bill passes in the legislature.

Senator Danielle Conrad introduced the bill at the beginning of January. An email from the Ahlschwede family grabbed her attention.

Mitchell and Karri Ahlschwede's 2-year-old daughter Leyna was diagnosed with cancer in February 2013. They are now pushing for more attention and research for pediatric cancer.

A hearing was held on the bill Thursday. Karri Ahlschwede testified and was given only three minutes to tell her family's story.

The bill needs the approval of five out of nine senators on the appropriations committee. The committee is expected to make a decision by March 1.

Ahlschwede says no one at the hearing spoke up against the bill.