Oct 07, 2010
As a nation, we have been observing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October for over 25 years. We at Click2Mail wanted to take a moment to recognize the efforts made by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to help educate the public on this disease and create resources for those affected by breast cancer.
The USPS launched the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal stamp on July 29, 1998. The stamp, featuring the phrases "Fund the Fight" and "Find a Cure" over an illustration of a mythical "goddess of the hunt," is meant to inspire curiosity in an effort to educate more people about breast cancer - as well as instill a sense of empowerment for cancer victims and survivors alike. The stamp currently carries an 11 cent premium over the 44c first-class stamp and the revenue from that premium is transferred directly to the National Cancer Institute and the Breast Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense.
When the Postal Service made this offer, the public responded. . . with much enthusiasm. Since the stamp's inception in 1998, more than 950 million have been sold to raise nearly $71 million for breast cancer research.
This is very much a story about consumers and an organization coming together to spread awareness, create education, and inspire a nation to do better. You can buy the stamp online or at your local post office.
If you'd like to spread awareness about Breast Cancer Awareness Month yourself, Click2Mail's Easy Letter Sender has a powerful pink ribbon image embedded in the letter and postcard during October and is a quick and easy way to send a message of support to friends or relatives.