Stamp out breast cancer



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the U.S. Postal Service is reminding customers they can help fund the cause by purchasing the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal Stamp.

These 65-cent self-adhesive semi-postal stamps are available year-round in sheets of 20 to help raise funds for breast cancer research. The amount the Postal Service contributes to breast cancer research is determined by the difference between the 65-cent purchase price and the First-Class Mail rate in effect at the time of purchase, minus any costs incurred by USPS. The distribution of the Postal Service contribution is specified by law, with 70 percent given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. More than one billion stamps have been sold since its inception in 1998, raising more than $87.8 million for breast cancer research.

The Breast Cancer Research Stamp was the first semipostal stamp in U.S. history. In 1997, Congress authorized it for the specific purpose of raising funds from the American public to assist in finding a cure for breast cancer.

Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Md., the stamp features the phrases, “Fund the Fight” and “Find a Cure” and an illustration of a mythical “goddess of the hunt” by Whitney Sherman of Baltimore.