Mannford, OK — Post Offices nationwide will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through the sale of Breast Cancer Research First-Class Semipostal stamps. The Mannford Post Office located at 165 Coonrod Ave, will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness event on Tuesday, October 20, from 11:30 to 1:30 pm where the stamp will be available for purchase. Themed refreshments will be served.
The self-adhesive, non-denominated semipostal stamp is sold in sheets of twenty 60-cent stamps. The price of a semipostal pays for the First-Class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase. The stamps are available at all Oklahoma Post Offices, online at www.usps.com and by phone at 1.800.STAMP.24.
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. Since 1998, the stamp has raised over $79 million for breast cancer research.
The Breast Cancer Research First-Class Semipostal stamp was issued on July 29, 1998 at a first day ceremony held in the White House. It was the first semipostal stamp in U.S. history. In 1997, Congress authorized the issuance of the first semipostal stamp for the specific purpose of raising funds from the American public to assist in finding a cure for breast cancer.
In 2011, President Obama signed Public Law No. 112-80 that extended the sale of the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal stamps through December 31, 2015.
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.