The breast cancer stamp has two more years to beat Elvis for the title of most popular stamp in postal history -- its creator's goal. So far, 509 million of the stamps have been sold. That's only 8 million less than the Elvis Presley stamp, which was discontinued in 1997. The first-class stamp sells for 45 cents. After production expenses, proceeds go to the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense, which dole out research grants.
The stamp is the brainchild of Sacramento surgeon Ernie Bodai. It has raised $36.3 million for breast cancer research since 1998. ``I'm ecstatic,'' Bodai said Tuesday. ``We have two more years of this wonderful fundraising mechanism.'' In the U.S. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The last two years the white lights and multi-colored lights that normally illuminate the Graceland Mansion facade and front grounds were all swithched to pink bulbs to help awareness.