Thursday, September 17, 2009

Breast Cancer Semi-Postal Demonstrates The Power of Pink

Jeannie Gregory, editor of Michagan's Rockport Independent reports, "Post offices are showing that there is power in numbers by joining forces to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Participating post offices will be celebrating "Pink at the Post Office" from Sept. 28-Oct. 2. Employees will be donning pink and promoting the sale of the Breast Cancer Research postage stamp."

She goes on to pen, "The stamp carries with it a historical significance. It is the first semipostal stamp in United States history and by law, is a very powerful fundraiser. The little stamp means big numbers for health - 70 percent of the net amount raised is donated to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent goes directly to the Medical Research Program. To date, the stamp has shown the power of pink by raising more than 64.9 million dollars for research, with more than a staggering 85 million stamps sold since its debut on July 29, 1998."

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.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM