Supporting Those with Breast Cancer
In July 1998, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Breast Cancer Research "seimpostal" stamp, the first U.S. postage stamp in history to have its net proceeds from sales earmarked for research organizations. The stamp costs 40 cents and is valid for First-Class letter rate postage. With each stamp purchased, seven cents is given to the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense, as deemed by legislation enacted in 1997.
In the first year of the program, 104 million Breast Cancer Research stamps were sold, raising $7.8 million for breast cancer research.
The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler, a breast cancer survivor, and illustrated by Whitney Sherman.
Stamps are available at your local post office, or at www.usps.com.