February 23, 2001
BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER RESEARCH GRANTS ANNOUNCED
SPRINGFIELD The Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded $600,000 from the Penny Severns Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund to nine Illinois researchers to advance the understanding of breast and cervical cancer and to investigate techniques effective in its early detection, prevention and treatment.
"Through this innovative funding source, institutions can continue efforts to improve on how we respond to the unique health needs of women," said Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director. "For seven years, Illinois residents have helped to support this program's activities by contributing to this special research fund. Last year, taxpayer contributions exceeded $244,000."
The special fund was established in 1994 and renamed in 1999 to honor the late state Sen. Penny Severns, who died from breast cancer. In addition to taxpayer contributions through their state income tax returns, the fund receives an appropriation of $250,000 in general revenue funds. Since the fund first appeared on the 1993 state tax form, taxpayers have donated more than $1.1 million, which has been used to support 55 research projects.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among Illinois women and an estimated one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer. More than 46,000 women in the United States are expected to die this year from the disease 2,200 of them from Illinois. Additionally, nearly 710 women in Illinois learn they have invasive cervical cancer each year and about 220 die annually from the disease.
Taxpayers can donate $1 or more to the Penny Severns Breast and Cervical Cancer Research fund (line 28e on the IL-1040 form, or item 17 on TeleFile worksheet). The amount pledged will either decrease the amount of a refund or increase the amount due. All donations are tax deductible. A fund must generate a minimum of $100,000 each year in order to appear on the next year's tax form.
Direct contributions may be made to the fund by sending a check, payable to the Illinois Department of Public Health, P.O. Box 4263, Springfield, IL 62708. The check should be clearly marked to designate it for the Penny Severns Breast and Cervical Cancer Research fund.
Following is a list of this year's grant recipients and amounts.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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