August 2, 2013

Tax Refunds To Fight Cancer

I’ve always believed that the federal government should match ever dollar raised in the fight against cancer.

Involvement at the state level is a good start.

When you file your Colorado taxes this year, please consider donating part of your refund to the Colorado Cancer Fund. The fund is listed among the voluntary checkoff progams on your tax forms.

As a two-time cancer survivor, I’m happy to see that the government is trying to partner with us in a way that makes it very easy for people to help. You can give a dollar, $5, $100, $1,000 – whatever you can afford. Donations will be used to help increase survival, improve early detection, reduce suffering, and improve the quality of life for those affected by cancer in Colorado.

For me, I think the checkoff program is the beginning of something very important. With the government’s support, it will improve how the money is distributed and spent. We don’t want them to totally take control, but we want it to be a partnership.

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer worldwide. My belief is that it should be the top social issue and health issue in America. I know there are other great causes, but cancer touches everybody. I think a lot of people are aware of my fight with cancer, and my son Coby also is a cancer survivor.

I’ve made a commitment to help others as much as possible, and the Colorado Cancer Fund is a step in the right direction.

To learn more about CCF, go to coloradocancercoalition.org.

-George Karl

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