A Stamp To Fund Research
by Margaret Chiffriller
Every time the price of a stamp goes up, I didn't have to worry about adding a penny stamp or trying to figure out which of the collection of stamps that I have from the last few price hikes would make the right combination.
I've found a way to simplify my life and support breast cancer research at the same time. It's called the Breast Cancer Semipostal. It's a one-price-covers-it-all stamp and research funding opportunity.
The stamp is sold for 45 cents. Since the first stamps were sold on July 29, 1998 concerned Americans have purchased 421.3 million of them -- raising $29.5 million for biomedical breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD) Breast Cancer Research Programs.
Seventy percent of net proceeds above the cost of postage is transferred to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and 30 percent of net proceeds above the cost of postage is transferred to the Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense (DoD). The NIH and DoD were identified as recipients of the funds by legislation enacted in 1997.
Besides covering any postal increases with the 45 cent price and donating to research, the stamp has other benefits. I use them on all of my bills, cards and letters. Everyone who gets an envelope with one of the semipostals notices the colorful stamp and the breast cancer message. I've had friends call to thank me for reminding them to get a mammogram, just because they saw the stamp and remembered.
The stamp was authorized by Congress in 1997 and first issued in 1998. So if you haven't started the habit by now - get some today and become a breast cancer advocate the easy way!
Look for the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal (Fundraising) Stamps. Tell your friends about them.
Stop at your local post office and ask for the breast cancer stamp or go to the United States Postal Service (USPS) StampsOnline site to buy them online.
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Last Updated August 1, 2006