For the eighth consecutive year, postal customer Eugene Platt will buy over $1000 ($1320) in Breast Cancer Research stamps to honor his wife, Mary, who succumbed to the disease in 2003. The stamps are issued each October 1 by the US Postal Service to raise money for cancer research and to publicize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The event was noted by the US Post Office and reported in the local media. Funds go to the National Institutes of Health (70%) and the Department of Defense for grants to many organizations making significant advances in breast cancer research as well as new, innovative programs. Congress must pass a new law to renew the stamp, as it expires on Dec. 31, 2011
JI man buys 2,400 stamps to honor late wife: Eugene Platt buys 2,400 stamps to
honor his late wife, who died of breast cancer
By HEATHER OLINGER
Published: October 01, 2010
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Friday morning, to kick it off, a James Island resident did something special, to honor his late wife.
For the 8th year in a row, Eugene Platt walked into the post office on James Island and bought $1,320 worth of Breast Cancer research stamps… 2,400 stamps to be exact.
It’s all to honor his wife, Mary, who died from breast cancer in 2003.
Mr. Platt’s 8-year total is nearly $8,000. He donates the stamps to area organizations that fight cancer, to help with mailing costs.
The US Postal Service issued a press release noting Eugene’s support, as it has for the past several years:
Eugene donation should encourage others to purchase the breast cancer research stamps. It’s important that we regard a cure for cancer as an achievable goal. Supporting public drives for research is an important way to do that.
Eugene Platt is a long-time public servant on James Island. This year he is a Green Party and independent petition candidate for SC’s 115th House District [http://voteplatt.com].