Louisville Post office gains recognition for Breast Cancer stamp sales

From press and staff reports

Pink ribbons and other signs marked the Louisville Post Office during the month of October to support the fight against breast cancer by selling special Breast Cancer stamps.

While the Louisville Post office in comparison of population and other items is small town America, the Louisville Post Office is a big supporter of the fight against breast cancer.

Louisville ranked 5th in the nation in Breast Cancer Awareness stamp sells raising $18,748.95. This number placed them as number 2 in the state ranking only behind Gulfport who raised just over $40,000.

“This was made possible by the great people of Winston and surrounding counties, and the great staff of clerks and carriers at the Louisville Post Office,” said Betty Roach, Louisville Postmaster.

Roach and her staffed worked diligently to notify businesses and individuals of the opportunity to fight breast cancer by purchasing the unique stamps.

The breast cancer research first-class semi-postal stamp was issued on July 29, 1998 at a first day ceremony held in the White House. It was the first semi-postal in U.S. history. Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, 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.

To date, the stamp has raised almost $80 million for breast cancer research. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. This self-adhesive, non-denominated semi-postal stamp is sold in sheets of 20 45-cent stamps-$11 per sheet.

One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to breastcancer.org., a nonprofit organization and online support community dedicated to providing information about breast cancer and breast health.