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Special stamps on sale nationwide
By Pat Hatfield
posted Oct 1, 2010 - 5:17:52pm
Some DeBary leaders started the first morning of October at the DeBary post office.
They weren't checking wanted posters; they were thinking pink — and kicking off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The U.S. Postal Service has been supporting the campaign since 1998, raising more than $54 million for breast-cancer research by selling special stamps.
In DeBary, Postmaster Bobby Baker used the Oct. 1 date to showcase this year's "Fund the Fight" stamp. A sheet of 20 of the first-class postage stamps costs $11, and $2.20 of that goes toward breast-cancer research.
On hand to celebrate the campaign were DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia, Assistant City Manager Kassandra Blissett, Volusia County Council Member Pat Northey, Orange City Fire Chief Rick Beauregard, Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial patient-care liaison Diane DePaolo, candidate for the District 26 state House seat Tim Huth, and DeBary Plantation Community Homeowners Association member Tom Hayes.
Mayor Garcia emphasized the importance of funding research to find a cure for breast cancer, along with the necessity for women to take charge of their health with mammograms and self-examination.
The subject hit close to home, he said, when his Aunt Betty found a lump in her breast. That one turned out not to be cancerous.
Postmaster Baker brought out the artfully designed stamps.
Baker said researching into preventing breast cancer is important, but so is a cure.
"Remember the people who already have it need your help, too," Baker said.
People devastated by cancer face many difficulties, including financial, he said.
DePaolo said around 150 women have had free breast-cancer screenings since July at Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial in Orange City, funded by grants through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the hospital's Braz Cauz fundraising campaign.
Health insurance covers the cost of annual mammograms for women who are insured. The two programs assure that uninsured women can have them, too.
Funds are still available to provide free mammograms, DePaolo said. Call her at 386-917-5830.
Braz Cauz raises funds through an online auction of artful bras crafted by local artists. For information about the monthlong auction and to see the works, go online to www.brazcauz.cmarket.com.
The bras will be on display at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. HIghway 17-92 in DeBary, following an opening celebration 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. An artist celebration is also planned 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Regular hours at the center are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Buying the stamps also helps. Of the proceeds, 70 percent goes to the National Institutes of Health for breast-cancer research, and 30 percent is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.
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