Oct. 1, 2019
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Missouri and Illinois – Post Offices nationwide will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through the sales of the Breast Cancer Research stamp, a semi-postal stamp issued to help raise funds for breast cancer research.
Available year-round, the 65-cent self-adhesive stamps are sold in sheets of 20. 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 every 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, more than 1.05 stamps have been sold, generating more than $89.8 million for Breast Cancer Research.
The Breast Cancer Research Stamp was issued at the White House July 29, 1998. It 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 Dec. 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.