TAXPAYER SUPPORT BOOSTS MARYLAND CANCER FUND

BALTIMORE, MD (January 27, 2014) –This tax season, Marylanders can join the cancer fight with a quick checkmark when completing their state income tax form, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The Maryland income tax form provides state residents the opportunity to donate to the Maryland Cancer Fund which in turn supports cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment programs. Donations are its only source of funding. 

"Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Maryland," said DHMH Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.  "Giving to the Maryland Cancer Fund is a great way to help your community."
 
Taxpayers can simply add a checkmark to Line 37 on the Maryland tax form and insert the amount that they wish to donate.  This amount will be deducted from the individual’s tax refund or added to the individual’s tax payment.  All donations are tax deductible.
 
The Maryland Cancer Fund provides funding for cancer prevention and early detection programs.  The Fund also provides funding for cancer treatment to cover the cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment for low-income and uninsured Maryland residents.
 
The Maryland Cancer Fund has provided cancer screenings for more than 650 people, and diagnosis and treatment for more than 150 people.  For more information about the Maryland Cancer Fund, please visit http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/cancer/SitePages/mcf_home.aspx or call 410-767-6213.

Note to Editors: Interviews with the MD Cancer Fund program's subject matter experts are available upon request.

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