October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we’d like to pause today to remind our readers that the 55-cent Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp is still available for purchase online, by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24, and in Post Offices nationwide.
Issued on July 29, 1998, in a ceremony at the White House, the Breast Cancer Research stamp was the first semipostal stamp in U.S. history. (The price of a semipostal stamp pays for the First-Class™ single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund causes that have been determined to be in the national public interest.) The stamp features an illustration of a mythical “goddess of the hunt.”
By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised from sales of the stamp is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. As of July 2012, USPS has sold more than 937 million Breast Cancer Research stamps, raising more than $75.5 million. Let’s keep that number growing!