21 February 2017
More Than a Stamp
Successful means of raising awareness to a cause isn’t always easy. Sometimes individuals dedicate weeks, months, or even years trying to shed light upon certain issues without accomplishing anything. Contrary to this outcome, one cause received such triumphant results with something as simple as a stamp.
The Breast Cancer Research semi-postal Stamp has collected exponential support from the public ever since it was released in 1998. In total, it has raised over 8.2 million dollars for breast cancer research. With this money, experimenters have made quite a few wonderful advancements in the aid of breast cancer. Some of these include 3-D mammograms and a test that looks at the genetic makeup of the tumor and presumes if chemotherapy would be effective for the patient or not.
This stamp came from the ideas of Dr. Erie Bodai, a breast surgeon who has treated over 7,000 women with breast cancer. He teamed up with Betsy Mullen, a breast cancer survivor, and David Goodman, who lost his wife to breast cancer, to get the stamp approved by the government. Later, the stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler, who was also a breast cancer survivor, and illustrated by Witney Sherman.
The illustration of the stamp depicts a woman standing against a very vibrant background with hues of orange, yellow, blue, green, and violet. This gives a heartening and optimistic feeling to the viewer. Kessler decided to use...