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Californians May Donate to Lung Disease Research on Their 2004 State Income Tax Return

OAKLAND, CA -- March 28, 2005 -- One in seven Californians live with lung diseases like asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung cancer kills more than 35,200 state residents every year. These statistics come from the American Lung Association, which reminds Californians that they can help combat lung ailments by donating to research.

This year, making a contribution is an easy process for Californians, who can donate to the Asthma and Lung Disease Research Fund on their 2004 state income tax return. The donation is made on the contributions section of the state tax form (the check-off boxes). Taxpayers write in the amount they want to donate and add it to their tax payment or deduct it from their refund.

Money donated to the Asthma and Lung Disease Research Fund supports the American Lung Association of California's research program, which includes grants totaling more than $725,000 each year. The program also funds clinical research centers, including the Asthma Clinical Research Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Brayton Purcell is an active supporter and member of the American Lung Association of California. We have been proud sponsors of the Redwood Empire chapter's annual fundraising event, the "Two Rock & Roll Bike Trek," for the last six years.

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