It’s Crunch Time for Coach Karl’s Nuggets and for The Charity He Supports, The Colorado Cancer Fund

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You can donate to the Colorado Cancer Fund by checking Line 40 on your Colorado tax form

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Like the Colorado Cancer Fund’s Check Line 40 campaign, Coach George Karl’s Denver Nuggets are coming down the stretch with just a handful of regular season games to go. As the coach said after the team’s 15-game win streak was broken by a feisty New Orleans Hornets team, "I don't want to hear about rest…I want our attitude to be to play the best basketball we've played all year.”

Roxanne Johnson, director of the Check Line 40 Campaign, said everyone working on the effort shares coach Karl’s sense of urgency. “Like the Nuggets, we need to bear down now as we alert Colorado taxpayers to their opportunity to help in the fight against cancer,” Johnson said. “The Nuggets last regular season game is April 17,and our deadline is two days earlier on ‘Tax Day’ April 15.”

Along with long-time Denver broadcaster and cancer survivor Jo Myers, Coach Karl is an enthusiastic spokesperson for the Colorado Cancer Fund, a new Colorado Tax Checkoff fund that 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.

“You might have heard about my struggle with cancer,” coach Karl says in a public service announcement for the Colorado Cancer Fund. “I was lucky to have the resources to get the best care and support from my employer in that fight. Not everyone is so fortunate, and this fund is for those cancer fighters.”

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.

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 coloradocancercoalition.org. For information on other Colorado Tax Checkoff funds go to checkoffcolorado.com.

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