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Tax check-off boxes support UC cancer research programs

Supporting cancer research is easy, especially if you’re about to complete your California tax form.

Simply check box number 405 (California Breast Cancer Research Fund) and/or box number 413 (California Cancer Research Fund). Both funds are administered by the UC Office of the President.

“Donations from line 405 go to our California Breast Cancer Research Program,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence Pitts, M.D., in a communication to all UC staff alerting them to the check-off boxes. “[The program] is renowned not only for its cutting-edge research, but also for working with community advocates and health care providers in targeting the issues and needs of patients and families.”

Even small donations are welcome and can make a large impact in cancer research. Ninety-five percent of contributions to the two programs via the tax check-off go directly to cancer research or community-based education.

In recent years, donations from line 405 have supported critical research including:

  • identifying environmental factors that potentially cause breast cancer
  • developing targeted therapies to block breast cancer from spreading to other organs
  • improving support networks to empower patients as they maneuver the health care system
  • addressing the needs of underserved families

Donations from box/code 413 of the tax form go to the California Cancer Research Fund, which is helping provide prevention and awareness programs in communities disproportionately affected by cancer. A major research grant is increasing the understanding of the impact of tobacco use and cancer on vulnerable populations. The research could lead to increased tobacco control and cancer awareness and prevention programs.

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