Penny Severns Breast and
Cervical Cancer Research Fund
The Penny Severns Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund is a special fund
within the state treasury that is used for breast and cervical cancer research
grants. Revenue sources include general revenue funds, income tax contributions
and gifts, as well as grants and awards from private foundations, nonprofit
organizations and other governmental entities or persons. Grants support
research in areas related to breast and cervical cancer prevention, etiology,
pathogenesis, early detection, treatment and behavioral sciences. Research also
may include clinical trials. Although a majority of the applications submitted
are bio-medical in nature, researchers in the fields of behavioral and social
sciences also are encouraged to apply.
Grant Application - PDF
Application - PDF
2005 Form IL1040
Individual Income Tax Return Donations
Illinois taxpayers can contribute to the following
cancer-related funds on the 2005 IL-1040 state income tax return. Any amount of
$1 or more can be given to the funds by writing in a donation amount on the
appropriate line. The amount contributed will either be deducted from any
refund or added to the amount due.
Direct contributions also may be made to the Department's
funds by sending a check, payable to the Illinois Department of Public Health,
to P.O. Box 4263, Springfield, IL 62708. Clearly mark the designated fund on
A fund must generate a minimum of $100,000 each year in
order to appear on the next year's tax form.
Illinois Brain Tumor Research Fund (line 28q of the 2005 IL-1040 state income tax return). There were 746 malignant brain tumors diagnosed in 2003 among Illinois residents. Donations to this fund will be used for research dedicated to the elimination of brain tumors. This is the first year the fund appears on the state tax form.
Penny Severns Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund (line 28e). Breast and cervical cancers account for nearly one-third of all cancers diagnosed annually among women in Illinois. Money contributed to this fund is used to advance the understanding and techniques effective in early detection, prevention and treatment. Since the fund first appeared on the 1993 state tax form, nearly $2.4 million has been donated to help fund 121 research projects.
Vince Demuzio Memorial Colon Cancer Fund (line 28l). Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer (colon and rectum) is the third most common cancer found in men and women in Illinois and the United States. Money donated to this fund will be used to establish and maintain a public awareness campaign in target areas in Illinois with high colon cancer mortality rates. This is the first year the fund appears on the state tax form.
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