The stamp depicts Diana, the huntress and goddess of fertility, reaching behind her head to pull an arrow from her quiver to fend off an enemy, in this case, breast cancer. The image reflects the same position that a woman assumes for a breast self-exam and mammography.
Latest News: Over 950 Million stamps sold!
Since 1998, the stamp has raised over $80 million for breast cancer research.
The U.S. Postal Service currently has three fundraising or "semi-postal" stamps available for purchase at Post Offices, online at The Postal Store, and by toll-free phone order at 1 800 STAMP-24.
The price of a semi-postal pays for the First-Class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund causes that the Postal Service determines to be in the national public interest and appropriate. By law, revenue from sales (minus postage and the reasonable costs of the Postal Service) is to be transferred to a selected executive agency or agencies.
Breast Cancer Research Stamp
The Breast Cancer Research semi-postal 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.
To date, the stamp has raised nearly $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.
Designed by Ethel Kessler 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.
After treating thousands of patients with breast cancer Dr. Ernie Bodai became frustrated at the pace of funding for research. In a remarkable one-man lobbying effort he was able to convince Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the "Breast Cancer Research Stamp" the first ever stamp in U.S. history that sells at more than face value with the surplus amount donated directly to breast cancer research. Over 950 million stamps have been sold raising over $80 million for crucial research.
Issued on July 29, 1998
Was the first fundraising (semi-postal) stamp in the US history.
950+ Million sold
$80 Million raised
6 cents of the proceeds go to fight breast cancer