TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Fred H. Madden that would allow taxpayers to make voluntary contributions on their gross income tax returns to help fund leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma research, and to provide support to patients and their families was released today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
“The contributions would help the New Jersey chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their everyday fight to find a cure to blood cancers and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families,” said Senator Weinberg (D-Bergen). “To operate successfully, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society relies on donations from the general public, and this bill would give New Jerseyans an easy opportunity to support them in their mission.”
The bill (S-1175/A-2614) would establish a special fund in the Department of Treasury, known as the “Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – New Jersey Fund,” and would provide for a designation on the State’s gross income tax form to allow taxpayers to voluntarily contribute. Founded in 1949, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Since its creation, it has provided $600 million to this fight, relying on donations from the general public.
“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides invaluable help and support to many families in New Jersey who are dealing with devastating blood cancers,” said Senator Madden (D-Gloucester/Camden), Vice Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “By providing a designation on the state income tax form for donations, residents will have an opportunity to support an excellent organization that helps blood cancer patients live better, stronger lives.”
There are two chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in New Jersey which would equally share the funds available through this measure: the Southern Jersey/Shore Region Chapter and the Northern New Jersey Chapter.
The bill was approved unanimously by the Health Committee. It now heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration.