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Preview of the Alzheimer's semipostal stamp.

The United States Postal Service is helping to raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease research with the upcoming release of an Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp.

The stamp will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 30 for 60 cents, priced slightly higher than the usual cost of 49 cents. All revenue from sales of the stamp (excluding postage paid and reimbursement of costs incurred by the USPS) will be distributed to the National Institutes of Health.

The stamp’s artwork is a near-replica of a 2008 “Alzheimer’s Awareness” stamp, which at the time cost 42 cents.

It portrays the side portrait of an older woman with a comforting hand on her shoulder. In the background, an image of the sun is behind the woman, and a cloudy landscape is in front of her. To distinguish the latest stamp from the 2008 version, the woman is facing right, instead of left.

The artwork was created by Matt Mahurin, of Topanga Canyon, CA, according to the USPS.

The Semipostal Authorization Act allows the U.S. Postal Service to issue and sell semipostal fundraising stamps to advance specific causes that it considers to be “in the national public interest and appropriate.”

November has been recognized as National Awareness Month since 1983. The progressive disease affects nearly 6 million adults, and is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp is the first of five fundraising stamps that the USPS plans to release over a 10-year period.

A post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stamp is the next one, which is scheduled to be issued in 2019. Each stamp will have a limited release of no more than two years. The other three stamps’ themes have not yet been determined, but the postal service will consider proposals for future concepts until May 20, 2023.  

Previous semipostal stamps have seen fundraising success. For example, the Breast Cancer Research stamp, which was first issued on July 29, 1998 and is still currently available, as raised $86.1 million as of Sept. 2017.

The Save Vanishing Species stamp – issued on Sept. 30, 2011 and is also currently still for purchase – has earned $4.3 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A dedication event for the Alzheimer’s stamp will be led by Postmaster General and Chief Executive Office Megan J. Brennan on Nov. 30, at Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center Atrium, in Baltimore, MD.

Photos: USPS
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