In the pink

Punta Gorda, FL, Retail Associate Eileen Dimase holds a sheet of Breast Cancer Research stamps.

The Postal Service sold approximately $3.9 million worth of Breast Cancer Research stamps in October — including more than $1.7 million in Southern Area, the national leader.

Southern’s top district was Suncoast, which includes part of Florida. The top individual performers were two of the state’s retail associates: Eileen Dimase, who sold more than $28,500 worth of stamps, and Chris Chiu, whose sales exceeded $22,000.

Suncoast District Manager Eric Chavez said he’s “extremely proud” of the district’s employees. “Every stamp sold means more monies for a possible cure,” Chavez said.

The breast cancer semipostal stamp has raised more than $81 million since it was issued in 1998. USPS highlighted the stamp throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The National Cancer Institute receives 70 percent of Breast Cancer Research stamp proceeds. The money helps fund research to detect and treat the disease, which is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.