Example: [Collected via e-mail, 1999]
Please read and pass on. It would be wonderful if 1999 were the year a cure for breast cancer was found!!!!
This is one note I'll gladly pass on. The notion that we could raise
As you may be aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The U.S. Postal Service recently released its "Fund the Cure" stamp to help fund breast cancer research. The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland.
It is important that we take a stand against this disease that kills and maims so many of our mothers, sisters, friends. Instead of the normal $.33 for a stamp, this one costs $.40. The additional $.07 will go to breast cancer research. A "normal" book costs $6.60. This one is only $8.00. It takes a few minutes in line at the Post Office and means so much. If all stamps are sold, it will raise an additional $16,000,000 for this vital research! Just as important as the money is our support. What a statement it would make if the stamp outsold the lottery this week. What a statement it would make that we care.
I urge each of you to do two things TODAY:
1. Go out and purchase some of these stamps.
2. E-mail your friends to do the same.
Many of us know women and their families whose lives are turned upside-down by breast cancer. It takes so little to do so much in this drive. Please help!
Origins: The Breast Cancer Research Stamp (BCRS) pictured to the left debuted in U.S. post offices on
In March 2002 the price of the breast cancer stamp was raised to 45¢ to keep pace with the three-cent increase (to 37¢) in first-class postage rates, raising the amount contributed to breast cancer research to 8¢ per stamp. The first-class rate has since increased to 39¢, so currently 6¢ per stamp goes towards cancer research.
Since the stamp's original issuance, messages such as the following — warning that the Breast Cancer Research stamp will no longer be available after a specified date — have periodically circulated via
I received a call from the Post Office concerning my comments. The customer service representative told me that letters of support for the stamp are very important right now and could actually make a difference in the Post Office decision.
After racking up gross sales of
The following image (of unknown origin) sometimes circulates with e-mailed exhortations to support breast cancer research by purchasing the Breast Cancer Research Stamp, but it is not a design featured on any stamp issued by the USPS, semi-postal or otherwise:
|Breast Cancer Semi-Postal
(U.S. Postal Service)
Last updated: 3 January 2008
Jones, Chad. "Don't Let Breast Cancer Stamp Retire without Becoming Best-Seller." The [Hayward] Daily Review. 16 December 2003. Kronish, Syd. "Postal Service Re-Issues Breast-Cancer Stamp." Buffalo News. 25 June 2006 (p. G11). KCRA-TV. "Breast Cancer Stamp Nears End of Run." 30 December 2003.