Breast Cancer Research Stamps again for sale at area post office - KOAM TV 7

Carl Junction Post Office Sell Most Breast Cancer Research Stamps In The Nation


Updated November 1, 2012: Carl Junction, Missouri takes home the gold for most Breast Cancer awareness stamps sold in Post Offices across the nation. CJ's Post Office sold more than $47,000 in Breast Cancer awareness stamps in the month of October. 


"I never realized how awesome it would feel," said Carl Junction's Post Master Sharon Clark.
Clark say Carl Junction's Post Office has gone up against Post Offices in towns like L. A., Dallas, and New York for the past five years, in a race to "stamp out" Breast Cancer. Each office aiming to sell the most "Breast Cancer" Awareness stamps in the nation.

"I've always done it since the stamp came out in 1998, and of course I never placed anywhere near the top 50 until I came to Carl Junction," Clark said.
Clark, a Breast Cancer survivor says the outcry of support from CJ residents, and surrounding communities, has been a blessing. The office has nearly double their goal of $25,000.
"I couldn't believe the support I got, I was happy with $25,000, so then I thought well, we'll shoot for $30,000, and I know last year the number one office was I think $37,000," Clark said.

Nine cents of every stamp sold goes toward cancer research, and with over $47,000 worth of stamps sold at this location alone, the community that we spoke with say it feels pretty great.

"It's been the greatest thing, it has brought everybody together in a way you wouldn't believe," said Carl Junction Resident Dixie Asbell.

"She's been going on this every year and I've been supporting it every year," said Carl Junction Resident Rick McVey.
And Clark says this year's win couldn't happen without support.  People like Collene Clark-Swae who not only purchased over 2,500 stamps for the Jasper County Public Water District, but sent reminders to customer's to support the cause on their statements for the past two months.
"These people are working hard to get the recognition and they deserve it and it's a worth while cause, and I believe in it," said Collene Clark-Swae Jasper County Public Water District #1.  

Now if you missed your chance to buy the stamp in the month of October, don't worry. Clark says the stamp is sold year round.  And that any stamp sold mean more money toward research and one step closer to a cure. 

According to Clark, a big portion of the fundraiser was having area public figures agree to a pink pie in the face if CJ took home the gold. Meaning our own Mike Olmstead and Doug Heady will take a pie to the face by the hands of Clark herself sometime next month.       





October 7, 2013: The Carl Junction, Missouri Post Office is trying to do it's part to find a cure for the breast cancer.

The office has been selling "Breast Cancer Research Stamps" with 11 cents of each 55 cent stamp going to cancer research.

During the month of October there is a national competition to be the top seller.

This is Carl Junction's fifth year to be part of the competition.

Right now their sales sit at around $7,000.

Their goal is $25,000.

Post Master Sharon Clark is a cancer survivor herself and is spearheading the campaign.

"If I educate one person or make them aware, 'oh my gosh, I haven't done my mammogram, I've got to go do that,' and they find something and it's in the early detection stages then there's a survivor rather than a victim," says Post Master Clark.

The stamps will be on sale at the Carl Junction Post Office and other post offices through October 31.


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