Before the discovery of antibiotics, infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, pneumonia and scarlet fever,
were believed to be incurable. While the cure for cancer remains elusive, we have made much progress. Through advancements in medicine and technology, cancers that were rapidly fatal just a decade ago can now be controlled for years by a succession of treatments.

Still, cancer is the leading cause of disease related death for children. Each year cancer kills more children under the age of 18 than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined. One in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. Although cure rates are steadily increasing, 35% of these children will die.

What can we do? The answer is research.
One way to raise millions of dollars for cancer research is with a U.S. postal stamp. Currently, the U.S. Postal Service has one 55-cent fundraising or "semipostal" stamp: the Breast Cancer Research stamp. Issued on July 29, 1998, the stamp has raised over $54 million for breast cancer research.

Imagine a semipostal stamp for pediatric cancer research. Imagine if millions of dollars were raised from the sale of such a stamp. Imagine if this money is all that is needed to find the cure.

Please click on the link below to sign the petition for a semipostal stamp to raise money for childhood cancer research. What will take you just a minute or two could save many lifetimes.
You can also mail a letter requesting the semipostal stamp for childhood cancer research to:
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Room 4474EB
Washington, DC 20260-2437

To learn more about the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, please visit:
www.usps.com/communications/organization/csac.htm

For more information on the U.S. Postal Services' Semipostal Stamp Program, please visit:
usps.com/communications/community/semipostals.htm

References:
CureSearch Website:
CureSearch represents the combined efforts of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF)
www.curesearch.org/aboutcc

The National Cancer Institute:
http://seer.cancer.gov/index.html