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Breast Cancer Research Stamp Turns 10

July 29 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the Breast Cancer Research fundraising or "semipostal" stamp

Posted 07.29.08 by MICA Media Relations

July 29 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the Breast Cancer Research fundraising or "semipostal" stamp, which was designed by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) alumna Ethel Kessler and illustrated by Whitney Sherman, a MICA alumna and the chair of the illustration department at the College.

The stamp, which was first issued on July 29, 1998, features the phrases, "Fund the Fight" and "Find a Cure," and Sherman's illustration of a mythical goddess of the hunt.

The price of a semipostal pays for the First-Class, single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund causes that the U.S. Postal Service determines to be in the national public interest and appropriate.

As of the end of April 2008, more than 820.3 million Breast Cancer Research stamps had been sold, raising more than $62 million for Breast Cancer Research, according to the USPS.

Seventy percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the Department of Defense.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.