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Democratic women to promote cancer donations

The Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is inviting people from across the state to gather at the State Capitol this afternoon, for an event designed to promote donations to cancer research, the group has announced.

Former State Sen. Gail Buckner, the federation’s president, said in a written statement that the group is scheduled to hold a “Finding a Cure for Cancer” news conference today, at 2 p.m., in the south wing of the capitol building, in downtown Atlanta.

The event is intended to encourage people to support cancer research by making $1 donations on annual state tax returns to fight breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers. The donations go to the Georgia Cancer coalition, which, in turn, awards financial grants to approved organizations that are doing research on cancer prevention, according to an announcement from the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women.

“I am confident that we can find a cure for cancer in our lifetime,” said Buckner, in the written statement. “The Georgia Cancer fund provides a tremendous opportunity for our state to continue to move forward as one of the nation's greatest centers for cancer research. I love the fact that every dime that is donated stays right here in Georgia.”

Cancer survivors are particularly being invited to the news conference, as organizers are asking for survival stories to be shared at the event.