UPDATE: ACCO wants to thank everyone who has responded to our #StampOutChildhoodCancer campaign! To date, more than 20,000 letters were received by the USPS in support of a childhood cancer semipostal stamp!
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to know when the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee will be meeting to make a decision regarding the childhood cancer semipostal. As soon as we find out more information, we will let you know the status, and will also let you know whether we need more letters written! Once again, thank you for supporting this campaign to date!
For the past 50 years, the American Childhood Cancer Organization has supported children with cancer and their families through the most difficult time in their lives. With the uncertainty that COVID-19 brings to all families across the country, ACCO remains committed to our mission. We are dedicated to making childhood cancer a national health priority through shaping policy, supporting research, raising awareness, and providing educational resources and innovative programs to children with cancer, survivors, and their families. Kids still get cancer, they still need cures and we will continue to provide support … because kids can’t fight cancer alone®!
Consider donating to ACCO today to help keep our mission alive.
As the largest grassroots organization dedicated to childhood cancer in the country, ACCO is excited to share that we have finalized and submitted the formal application to create a semipostal stamp to fund childhood cancer treatment and research.
We are now turning to you! Your letters of support for this childhood cancer stamp are essential for its quick final approval.
For the past several years, ACCO has been working behind the scenes in collaboration with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health; senior leadership from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Postal Service. A similar breast cancer stamp has raised more than $80 million dollars since it was first issued in July 1998.
As of January 2020, the USPS Office of Stamp Services has officially accepted our application for the childhood cancer semipostal stamp. The next step towards finalizing the USPS approval is demonstrating America’s support for this stamp from those who share our passion for our nation’s children diagnosed with cancer.
Every year in the United States there are more than 15,780 children diagnosed with cancer, with approximately 40,000 children on active treatment at any given time. One in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their twentieth birthday. Globally, it is estimated that there will be more than 413,000 cases of childhood cancer in 2020. Worldwide, every two minutes a child dies from cancer, making cancer the leading non-communicable disease killer of children around the world, regardless of where they live.
The following are three ways you can send your letter of support for this childhood cancer semipostal stamp. Be sure to include your name and address. **PLEASE NOTE: The submission time has closed. At this time, we are still unsure of the status of our stamp. We will provide more details as we get them.
Office of Stamp Services
Attn: Semipostal Discretionary Program
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501
Please see Dr. Collins letter supporting ACCO’s application for the childhood cancer semipostal stamp.