Friday, October 15, 2010

That's $70.7 Million for Breast Cancer Research

Few things reach as many Americans each day as the U.S. Mail … and postage stamps provide an opportunity to raise money and awareness in support of important social issues.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to date, sales of the Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp have raised more than $70.7 million. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised goes to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent goes to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

The 55-cent Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp covers First-Class Mail postage and generates funds for this important cause. On July 29, 1998, the first semi-postal stamp in U.S. history --- the Breast Cancer Research stamp --- was issued at the White House. The stamp features artwork of a mythical "goddess of the hunt" by Whitney Sherman of Baltimore.

The Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp is available at your local Post Office.

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