COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) announced the passage of legislation today in the Ohio Senate to strengthen awareness efforts and provide contributions for clinical research aimed at curing deadly pediatric brain tumors.

Sponsored by Senator Coley, the bill would establish a KylerStrong Foundation specialty license plate, with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting DIPG research through the foundation.

"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those who suffer, both directly and indirectly, from the devastation that DIPG causes families," said Coley. 

DIPG is an aggressive, malignant brain tumor found at the base of the brain stem, affecting approximately 200 to 400 children in the U.S each year. It is the second most common malignant brain tumor and is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors. The average prognosis of those diagnosed is 9 months. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, drooping of one side of the face as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing.

Senator Coley and his wife, Carolyn, witnessed the devastation caused by DIPG firsthand as they developed a close friendship with constituent Kyler Bradley and his family during the 10-year-old's battle with DIPG. 

Kyler Bradley passed away on April 12, 2016. The day after his passing, Senator Coley paid tribute to Bradley with a moment of silence on the floor of the Senate, urging his colleagues to redouble their efforts to find a cure for DIPG.

Rebecca Bradley, Kyler's mother, and her oldest son, Kirk, as well as Kyler's best friend, Caleb, were in the Ohio Senate Chamber today as the legislation was unanimously approved. 

Earlier this year, Senator Coley co-sponsored legislation, introduced by Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), designating May 17th as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day.

Senate Bill 77 now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 

For more information about the KylerStrong DIPG Awareness specialty license plate and research efforts supported by the KylerStrong Foundation, please visit www.kylerstrongfoundation.com.

 
 
 
  
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"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those we've lost too soon to DIPG," said Coley. "This simple measure offers hope for families that one day we can overcome this disease and the heartbreak it causes."