The Brookfield Post Office is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month through the month of October to promote the sale of the Breast Cancer semipostal stamp. Brookfield Post Office is one of several hundred post offices in the Central Illinois District (which covers post offices with ZIP code areas beginning with prefixes 604-605 participating in this event.

Post office employees will wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness on Friday, Oct. 23.

“Few things reach as many Americans each day as the U.S. Mail, so the breast cancer semipostal postage stamp provides an opportunity to raise money and awareness in support of important social issues,” said Brookfield Postmaster Linda Smith.

The breast cancer research stamp was the first semipostal stamp in U.S. history, when it was issued on July 29, 1998 at the White House. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised from the sale of the stamp goes to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent goes to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

Almost 1 billion breast cancer semipostal stamps have been sold to date since its issuance, with over $80.9 million raised for research. It will remain on sale until December 2015.

Visit the Brookfield Post Office at 3731 Prairie Ave. to purchase the breast cancer semipostal stamps.

Submitted by the Brookfield Post Office