Stamping out breast cancer

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USPS makes Breast Cancer Research fundraising stamps available

information provided by the United States Post Office

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (October 15, 2018) — Post Offices in Lansing and nationwide will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through sales of the Breast Cancer Research stamp, a semi-postal stamp issued to help raise funds for breast cancer research. More than 1 billion stamps have been sold since its inception in 1998.

Available year-round, the 65-cent self-adhesive stamps are sold in sheets of 20, blocks of 10 and blocks of 4. Each stamp has a postage value equivalent to the First-Class Mail 1-ounce stamped letter price in effect at the time of purchase. The stamps are available at any Post Office, online at usps.com, and by phone at 1.800.STAMP.24.

The amount the Postal Service contributes to Breast Cancer research is determined by the difference between the First-Class rate in effect at the time of purchase and the 65-cent purchase price, minus a nominal amount to offset costs incurred by the Postal Service. To date, the stamp has raised more than $87 million for Breast Cancer Research.

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

In 2015, President Obama signed Public Law No. 114-99 that extended the sale of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp through December 31, 2019.

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.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.