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April 2, 2013 > Fund a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease with state income tax contributions

Fund a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease with state income tax contributions

Submitted By Carrie Munk

This tax season, Californians have an opportunity to make a difference in the fight to defeat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) by giving $25 or more to the ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease Research Fund on line 414 of their state tax return.

The four California chapters of The ALS Association have launched a grassroots, public awareness campaign about the disease to inform taxpayers that they can make a donation on state tax returns to support cutting-edge research to discover new ALS treatments and a cure. The "Get the 414 on ALS" campaign seeks to inform both California taxpayers and tax preparers that regardless of income, any state resident can help conquer ALS. More information about the campaign is available online: www.getthe414onALS.org.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes people to lose their ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually to breathe; while in most circumstances, all five senses and mental functions remain intact. Once diagnosed, most people with ALS survive an average of two to five years. Currently, there is no known cause and no known cure. However, scientific advancements identifying new genes and drug pathways are vital to revealing new targets for treatment and are occurring at an unprecedented rate.

California is one of 41 states allowing all taxpayers to make a voluntary, tax-deductible contribution to one or more worthwhile causes in the "contributions" section of the state tax return. Every year, the organizations must raise a minimum of $250,000 or be removed from the tax form. Even a small donation will have a significant impact on funding programs that support a range of important issues from medical research to the environment; reduction of violence and child abuse; to assistance to seniors; and honoring our men and women in uniform.

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