March to Support Breast Cancer Research


Lyn Dunagan

March 9, 2009—Oakland, CA—Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared March 2009 as Checkoff California Month. Checkoff California is the coalition of worthy causes that serve Californians with funds received through tax check-off contributions.

California taxpayers can play an important role in reducing the burden of breast cancer in California. State Income Form series 540 allows voluntary tax check-off contributions to the California Breast Cancer Research Fund. These funds go directly to support research that focuses on underserved population groups and unique studies that focus specifically on the needs of California women and men, like searching for links between environmental factors and breast cancer risk; finding ways to prevent cancer using natural agents like mushrooms and broccoli; and accessing breast cancer services in remote areas.

Other research projects funded by taxpayer contributions are making progress:

We still need your help to conquer the disease.

You can see a full list of grants supported by California Breast Cancer Fund contributions on our website at More information about the California Breast Cancer Research Program can be found at or by calling (888) 313-2277.

The California Breast Cancer Research Program is a participating member of Checkoff California.

About the California Breast Cancer Research Program:
The mission of the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is to eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.

Created by the State Legislature in 1993, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is the largest state-funded breast cancer research program in the nation and is administered by the University of California, Office of the President. To date, the CBCRP has awarded 803 grants to 95 scientific institutions and community entities, totaling more than $189 million for research in California to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Awards include traditional investigator-initiated projects, community-based collaborative research projects, and program-directed special research initiatives. Grants from the CBCRP fill gaps not traditionally funded by other research programs to jump-start new areas of investigation that push the boundaries of research and foster new collaborations. The CBCRP is funded through the voluntary tax check-off program on personal income tax form 540, a portion of the state tobacco tax, and individual contributions. For more information, call 888 313-2277, or visit