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Postal News: USPS ready for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Post offices nationwide will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through the sales of Breast Cancer Research First-Class semipostal stamps.

The self-adhesive, non-denominated semipostal stamp is sold in sheets of twenty 60-cent stamps. The price of a semipostal pays for the First-Class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase.

The stamps are available at post offices nationwide, online at: www.usps.com and by phone at (800) STAMP-24 (782-6724).

By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

Since 1998, the stamp has raised over $80 million for breast cancer research.

The Breast Cancer Research First-Class semipostal stamp was issued on July 29, 1998, at a first day ceremony held in the White House. It was the first semipostal stamp in U.S. history.

In 1997, Congress authorized the issuance of the first semipostal stamp for the specific purpose of raising funds from the American public to assist in finding a cure for breast cancer.

In 2011, President Barack Obama signed Public Law No. 112-80 that extends the sale of the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamps through Dec. 31.

Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, 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.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.

 
 

 

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