Survivors’ stories

Carl Junction, MO, Postmaster Sharon Clark helps promote the Breast Cancer Research stamp.

For some Postal Service employees, the fight against breast cancer is personal.

Carl Junction, MO, Postmaster Sharon Clark — a survivor of the disease — strives each year to be a top seller of the semipostal Breast Cancer Research stamp.

“It became really important to me to do something and not just sit back and say, ‘I survived,’” she said.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October, Clark and her team decorate the office with pink flowers and ribbons. Their efforts have helped Carl Junction reach the top 10 in breast cancer stamp sales in Western Area’s Mid-America District for three consecutive years.

“I just want to find a cure,” Clark said. “I’m lucky to be a survivor, but [some] aren’t, so this is what I do.”

Likewise, Charlotte, NC, Data Collection Technician Tashennia Cade has recruited employees for breast cancer awareness walks for years. When she was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year, Custodian Mary Bell surprised her with a unique gift.

Bell used USPS breast cancer awareness t-shirts to create a quilt for Cade, who said the gift provided her with encouragement throughout her treatment.

“The quilt was a constant reminder to keep pushing forward,” she said.