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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dr. Ernie Bodai gives the California Cancer Research Act his Stamp of Approval




19 January 2011 


Sacramento, CA - Today, Dr Ernie Bodai announced his endorsement of the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA), an initiative that dedicates more than $500 million to the creation of new ways to prevent, detect, treat and cure cancer. It will fund anti-tobacco education efforts and save thousands of California teenagers from deadly smoking habits through a $1 excise tax on every pack of cigarettes.


Dr Bodai is the founder of the Breast Cancer Research postage stamp – the highest selling stamp in the United States – having pursued a remarkable one-man lobbying effort to convince Congress and the US Postal Service to introduce the first ever stamp in US history that sells at more than face value with the surplus amount donated directly to breast cancer research.


“Like the Breast Cancer stamp, the California Cancer Research Act creates new funding for badly needed research into life-saving cures for cancer and other diseases.  Additionally, the measure invests in smoking cessation education programs proven to prevent kids from ever starting to smoke and thereby saving lives.  I wholeheartedly endorse the California Cancer Research act because its needed, it makes sense, and it will save lives,” said Dr. Bodai.


Despite advances in treatment and prevention, nearly half of Californians born today will develop cancer at some point in their lives, and nearly one in five will die from it. The CCRA will save lives by putting crucial research dollars into the hands of California’s research community, many of whom are winners of the Nobel Prize for medicine.




Dr Ernie Bodai and the Breast Cancer Research US postage stamp


 The endorsement of the CCRA from a respected and energetic advocate for cancer awareness joins other high-profile supporters from California’s cancer research community, including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association. Because of Dr. Bodai’s efforts, 13 countries have now issued their own breast cancer stamps and another 60 are in the process of establishing such stamps


Over 950 million of Dr. Bodai’s stamps have been sold nationally, raising over $65 million for crucial research. Dr. Bodai, a prostate cancer survivor, currently serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Davis and directs Kaiser Permanente’s Breast Health Center in Sacramento, recognized nationally as a “Center of Excellence.” In 2010, Dr. Bodai was nominated for the Congressional Gold Medal, considered to be the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Its first recipient was George Washington.



About the California Cancer Research Act:

The CCRA qualified for California’s next statewide ballot after its supporting coalition submitted over 600,000 voter signatures for verification in June. The coalition is led by the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and the Livestrong Foundation, with support from California’s former Senate President, Don Perata.


The California Cancer Research Act will establish a nine-member oversight committee will award all funds, including: three directors from California’s National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers, three UC Chancellors from the California Institute for Quantitative Biological Research, one practicing California physician with expertise in cardiovascular disease and two representatives of disease advocacy organizations.


The California Cancer Research Act will invest 98 cents out of every dollar raised in research, education and enforcement - with criminal penalties for any misuse of funds. 60 percent of all funds will go to prevention, causes and treatment of cancer and other smoking related illnesses, 20 percent will fund smoking cessation and tobacco use prevention, 15 percent will pay for facilities and equipment to support research and 3 percent will help police enforce anti-tobacco laws and stop tobacco smuggling. No more than 2 percent will be spent on administrative costs.

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