Pink power

Trenton, SC, Postmaster Susan Curry, left, celebrates being a breast cancer survivor with Retail Associate Angela DeRemigio.

The Postal Service’s mantra in October: Fund the fight, find a cure.

Employees raised awareness of breast cancer throughout the month by selling Breast Cancer Research stamps, organizing community events and celebrating co-workers affected by the disease.

“It’s always nice to inspire the community,” said South Elgin, IL, Postmaster Brian Keane.

He encouraged employees to remind customers about the stamps, which have raised more than $83 million for breast cancer research since their 1998 inception.

“Our customers appreciated our efforts and were glad to purchase the stamps. The employees also felt more engaged … knowing they were making a difference,” Keane said.

Many employees marked Wear Pink Day Oct. 26 by donning special USPS-licensed T-shirts that feature a pink ribbon and the expression that appears on the stamps, “Fund the fight. Find a cure.”

For example, in Northampton, MA, the shirts were donned by John Makara, a customer services supervisor, and retail associates Isidoro “Izzy” Santiago, Daniel Manjourea and Charles Klepacki — all of whom have family members affected by the disease.

The fight is also personal for employees like Trenton, SC, Postmaster Susan Curry, a breast cancer survivor.

“I am hopeful the research funded by selling Breast Cancer Research stamps will eventually lead to a cure,” she said.