Kidney Cancer Association: America's Charities Are Under Assault

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International kidney cancer charity puts 2012 federal budget in cross-hairs

Members of the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) are on Capitol Hill this week to educate members of the United States Congress about provisions in President Obama’s 2012 budget that would be harmful to America’s charities, if enacted. The public is invited to join KCA’s Armchair Army by taking action online at http://www.AKCA.US, the website of the American Kidney Cancer Alliance.

“I am glad to be part of this KCA initiative in taking a lead position on this vital matter. Countless charities would be affected by the new provision in the 2012 budget and we, the patients, would see a sharp decline in the services and programs that are currently being offered to us,” says KCA Chair Emeritus, Paula Bowen, a kidney cancer survivor, who leads the Capitol Hill educational effort.

According to KCA Events Coordinator Juby Chacko, "By reducing tax deductions for charitable giving, the proposed 2012 budget may put charities in financial straits, making them unable to offer essential services and programs to those that need these resources the most.” KCA hopes to persuade Congress to drop language from the final budget that reduces the income tax deduction for charitable contributions by some taxpayers.

“Our fear is that the momentum we have gained over recent years will stop, if there is no longer this incentive for donors to give. We have made great progress in research for kidney cancer, progress that must continue so that we may find a cure for this disease,” says KCA Vice President for Public Affairs, Carolyn Konosky.

“We’re putting this initiative front and center during March, International Kidney Cancer Awareness Month,” says Bill Bro, the charity’s CEO, who is a 22-year survivor of renal cancer. “This isn’t just about eradicating cancer—it’s about the survival of our nation’s charities,” Bro added.

KCA is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals. It funds, promotes, and collaborates with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Urological Association (AUA), and other institutions on research projects. It educates families and physicians, and serves as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels.

The Association was founded in 1990 by a small group of patients, including Eugene P. Schonfeld, Ph.D., and medical doctors in Chicago, Illinois. It is a nonprofit charity incorporated in the State of Illinois. It has also been designated as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code. KCA reaches more than 70,000 people in 102 countries from offices in suburban Chicago.

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