The U.S Postal Services Raises Money for Breast Cancer Research
BY JALESSA CASTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
According to the National Cancer Institute, 12.4 percent of women will be diagnosed with female breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. Additionally, in 2014, there were over 3 million women living with female breast cancer in the United States.
To help combat this disease the United States Postal Services (USPS) created a stamp that would help to raise money and awareness. Issued in 1998, the Breast Cancer Research Stamp has helped to fund the developments of many innovative and specialized treatments. These donations have assisted in increasing the survival rates and helping women who have Breast Cancer to thrive. Since its conception the semi postal stamp has raised more than $86 million to fund breast cancer research programs across the country. Many programs that, with the revenue from this stamp, were able to continue groundbreaking research.
The artist of the current stamp is Whitney Sherman. Sherman is an award-winning illustrator and is currently the founder and Director of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Illustration Practice at The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as well as Co-Director of Dolphin Press & Print at MICA. She served as the Chair of Illustration at her alma mater from 2000-2010.
In addition to USPS Sherman's clients include the New York Times, Forbes, Clarkson N. Potter, Scholastic Books, and the American Red Cross. Her work has been exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Israel Museum, the Society of Illustrators Gallery of American Illustration in New York, and more.
Another individual who contributed to the stamp’s concept was Ethel Kessler. Kessler has designed educational materials for the U.S. Postal Service and in January 1997, she was appointed design consultant to USPS for the creation of commemorative postal stamps.
Ethel Kessler is an award-winning designer and art director with more than 25 years of experience working with corporations, museums, public and private institutions, and professional service organizations.
In 1981, Kessler established two design businesses, Ethel Kessler Design, Inc., and Kessler Design Group Ltd., for which she is creative director and designer. Her clients have included the Clinton/Gore White House, the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Television, the National Park Service, the American Institute of Architects, and various art publishers.
After earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Communications from MICA, Kessler worked as a graphic designer for an architectural and planning firm. She then became graphic designer and exhibits project manager for the exhibits division of the United States Information Agency.
The distribution of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp shows the USPS’ commitment to spreading awareness of this deadly disease and helping to support the continuing research to find a cure. If you would like to Fund the Fight stop by your local post office or visit https://www.usps.com/stamps/breast-cancer-research.htm