Political leaders of Kentucky are encouraging state residents to support breast cancer awareness
and research by donating to the cause, according to the news channel WTVQ-TV.
The lawmakers are urging people to check box 36 on their 2011 income tax returns, which will allow them to donate money to breast cancer research, the media outlet reports.
"Every year, 3,000 Kentuckians are diagnosed with breast cancer. 500 are passing away, we had empty chairs today, signifying those that we have lost. This is an effort to make sure that we don't have any more empty chairs, that we're helping to do some good things, for all Kentuckian's. Kentuckians help Kentuckians by checking the box," Secretary of State of Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes, told the news source.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.