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Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 13, 2008  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  

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Tax Check-Off Option Supports Education, Research

 In the rush to beat the tax season deadline, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) urges residents of the commonwealth not to forget an important option to help fight breast cancer.

A tax check-off option allows taxpayers to designate all or a portion of individual state income tax refunds to the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund. Proceeds are used for grants that go to various nonprofit, government or educational agencies working to prevent and treat breast cancer in Kentucky.

“Though we have made great strides in the fight against breast cancer, there is more to do,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health and DPH commissioner. “By donating a portion of your income tax refund to the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund, you are helping us continue this important work.”

The trust fund was created to support innovative programs across the state aimed at reducing the number of women diagnosed with or who die from breast cancer. Through the trust fund, grants are awarded to existing and proposed programs and services that provide breast cancer education, research, treatment, awareness or outreach activities.

Last year’s grant awardees included King’s Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland; the University of Kentucky Cancer Program East and the University of Louisville Kentucky Cancer Program West; Hall Family Resource Youth Services Center in Harlan County; the Foundation for Health Inc. in Owensboro; and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. All awardees focused on breast cancer education, screening or awareness programs targeting women in mainly medically underserved areas.

“I know we rush sometimes to meet the tax season deadline, but I encourage Kentuckians to take a minute to designate a portion of their refund to the trust fund,” said Hacker. “The money supports wonderful programs all across the state.”

Contributions may also be made directly to the state Department for Public Health, Division of Administration and Financial Management, 275 East Main St., HS1GWA, Frankfort, KY 40621.

Another way to donate to the trust fund is by purchasing a Kentucky Breast Cancer License plate; a portion of plate sales goes to the fund. Drivers who purchase the breast cancer specialty plate can make an additional, voluntary donation to the trust fund when plates are purchased at county clerks’ offices. Plate owners can continue to donate each year when plates are renewed.

For more information about the state income tax check-off and how to help support the work of the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund, call DPH at (502) 564-2154.


Last Updated 3/13/2008