Mathias 'Childhood Cancer' license plate passes Va. House


A proposal to create a "Cure Childhood Cancer" license plate in Virginia unanimously passed the House of Delegates this afternoon.

The legislation, sponsored by local state Del. Tag Greason (R-32nd), was sparked by the late Mathias Giordano, a local teenager who died from cancer last year.

Giordano, his family and friends rallied in the final months of his life to increase awareness about childhood cancer, which overall receives just a minute portion of federal cancer research funding. Included in "Team Mathias'" fight was the license plate initiative.

"The Mathias Bill passed the House earlier by a vote of 98-0," Greason told the Times-Mirror. "It has been amazing to watch Mathias' vision become a reality and it is inspiring to know a small child can make such a huge impact."

The bill will now be sent to the state Senate for action.

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