October is breast cancer awareness month. Each one of us should find some way this month to show our support for breast cancer research. A good way to get started would be to follow the example of a man named Eugene Platt. Mr. Platt has been supporting breast cancer research for the past 8 years in a big way. How? Each year when the breast cancer research postage stamps become available each October 1, he purchases 2,400. Why? He does it to honor his wife who died as a result of breast cancer, and to help researchers to find a cure. Platt’s 8 year total spent is approx. $8,000. What does he do with the 2,400 stamps? He donates the stamps to area organizations that fight cancer to help with their mailing costs. Eugene Platt is a resident and long-time public servant on James Island in S.C. He is currently a Green Party and independent petition candidate for SC’s 115th House District.
Though most couldn’t make such a generous donation as Mr. Platt, we could certainly purchase a book of 20 and use them to show our support. The cost of a book of 20 of these special breast cancer postage stamps is $11.00. The extra cost above $8.20 goes to help fund breast cancer research.
The first breast cancer research stamp was issued July 29, 1998 at a White House event hosted by First Lady Hillary Clinton with Postmaster General William Henderson, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Vic Fazio, and Betsy Mullen. Since 1998 the U S Postal Service has sold 829.12 million stamps and raised $67.4 million dollars for breast cancer research, according to Wikimedia. The $.55 breast cancer stamp is the only Semi postal and fund raising stamp to date.
Purchasing a book of the breast cancer stamps would be a wonderful way in which to support breast cancer research and help find a cure for this invasive disease that will be diagnosed in approx. 207,090 women and will kill approx. 39,840 women in 2010. Most women have either experienced breast cancer or know someone who has. Let’s hope a cure will be found in the near future!
If you are interested in purchasing the breast cancer stamps, you may do so at Post Offices, online at The Postal Store or by phone at 1 800 STAMP-24. You may view the stamp at www.usps.com.
Scgreenparty.wordpress.com: Eugene Platt In The News For Breast Cancer Charity Work « South Carolina Green Party
Breast cancer research stamp – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (provided stats on stamps sold and dollars raised since 1998.
USPS – Fundraising Stamp (Semipostal Stamp Program) click this link to see stamp
Susan G. Komen for the Cure | Understanding Breast Cancer | Breast Facts | Who Does It Affect? | Who Gets Breast Cancer (provided stats in article)