Prostate Cancer Research Funds Unused

6:06 PM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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As a taxpayer in New York state you have the option of donating to eight different causes on your income tax returns, causes ranging from wildlife conservation to Alzheimer's research.

Even though the state has collected $1.8 million dollars for prostate cancer research since 2004, scientists still haven't received any of the money.

That's according to an article published today by David Riley in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 2 On Your Side's Gannett partner.

Riley reported that the money is sitting idle because the law says it must be directed through a non-profit group. But for reasons unknown, the state hasn't been able to coordinate with the non-profit.

That non-profit group even lost its tax exempt status in 2011 for failing to file reports with the federal government.

As you can imagine, the situation isn't sitting well with cancer survivors and researchers, some of whom didn't even know there were funds supposedly available to them through taxpayer donations. 

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