New Colorado Tax Checkoff Fund Targets Cancer

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State Taxpayers Can Give to the Colorado Cancer Fund by Checking Off Line 40 on Their Colorado Tax Forms

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A new Colorado Checkoff fund allows state taxpayers to contribute to the fight against cancer when they file their 2012 state taxes. The Colorado Cancer Fund is the only tax Colorado Checkoff fund that targets cancer and is a program of the Colorado Cancer Coalition.

The voluntary Checkoff program aims to increase survival, improve early detection, reduce suffering, and improve the quality of life for Coloradans affected by cancer. The Fund, previously called the Breast and Women’s Reproductive Cancers Fund, has a new expanded mission that allows it to assist persons with any type of cancer.

The Colorado Cancer Fund complements, and does not duplicate, vital cancer services throughout Colorado. Donations to the Fund are used to award competitive grants to partnering organizations that provide assistance to individuals who do not qualify for existing programs, yet still need help.

Legendary broadcaster and cancer survivor Jo Myers is the Colorado Cancer Fund’s spokesperson. Myers, who has authored a book on the end of life called “Good to Go,” was for many years a fixture on the Denver radio scene. Her bout with breast cancer caused her to commit to doing what she can to help others with cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that last year in Colorado, 22,800 new cases of cancer were identified. The Society reports that in 2012, about 577,190 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.

The Colorado Cancer Fund is a program of the Colorado Cancer Coalition, which serves as the statewide network for cancer-related organizations and individuals who are dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of life for all Coloradans. For more on the Colorado Cancer Fund and the Colorado Cancer Coalition go to coloradocancerfund.org or coloradocancercoalition.org. For information on other Colorado Tax Checkoff funds go to checkoffcolorado.com.

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