Helping to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Awareness

February 23, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service issued a newly designed postal stamp for Alzheimer’s awareness at a special dedication ceremony held November 30, 2017, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. During the ceremony, NARFE member Kathy Siggins was congratulated and presented with a special award for her efforts and behind the scenes work in order to make this special stamp a reality.

Siggins led the charge for the original Alzheimer’s commemorative stamp, the original design (facing left not right) by USPS Art Director Ethel Kessler, released in 2008. Kessler had a personal connection with Alzheimer’s as her mother had the disease. The Postal Service asked Americans to use these stamps to raise awareness of this tragic disease and draw attention to the cause. This helped raise much-needed funds for research that may one day lead to better treatments to prevent or halt the progression and maybe find a cure.

The new stamp release represents 18 total years of continuous efforts on the part of Siggins and Lynda Everman. The design is appropriate and symbolic as it depicts a woman with Alzheimer’s disease being comforted by a family member, friend, caregiver or health care professional, touching her on the shoulder. This was to draw attention to the importance of care partners for those with Alzheimer’s and related neurological disorders. The background shows the sun in the clouds to darkening skies, signifying the decline of the disease. While the darkness portrays confusion, the light conveys hope.

Those who have, or have had, a loved one with dementia understand the darkness and light, despair and hope, helplessness and determination as they face(d) this journey together. The semipostal fundraising stamp not only will increase awareness, but also will raise much-needed funds for dementia research.  Spread the word and help stamp out Alzheimer’s.

The stamp is now available at many post offices, online at usps.com or toll-free 800-STAMP-24. Currently, purchasers can pay $12 for a sheet of 20, $6 for a block of 10 and $2.40 for four stamps (60 cents per stamp) with the proceeds being distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and being designated for more Alzheimer’s research. The release of the new stamp aligned with November’s designation as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which the late former President Ronald Reagan declared in 1983. At the time of his announcement, Alzheimer’s disease affected less than 2 million Americans and currently has grown to nearly 5.4 million.

 

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Helping to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Awareness

February 23, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service issued a newly designed postal stamp for Alzheimer’s awareness at a special dedication ceremony held November 30, 2017, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. During the ceremony, NARFE member Kathy Siggins was congratulated and presented with a special award for her efforts and behind the scenes work in order to make this special stamp a reality.

Siggins led the charge for the original Alzheimer’s commemorative stamp, the original design (facing left not right) by USPS Art Director Ethel Kessler, released in 2008. Kessler had a personal connection with Alzheimer’s as her mother had the disease. The Postal Service asked Americans to use these stamps to raise awareness of this tragic disease and draw attention to the cause. This helped raise much-needed funds for research that may one day lead to better treatments to prevent or halt the progression and maybe find a cure.

The new stamp release represents 18 total years of continuous efforts on the part of Siggins and Lynda Everman. The design is appropriate and symbolic as it depicts a woman with Alzheimer’s disease being comforted by a family member, friend, caregiver or health care professional, touching her on the shoulder. This was to draw attention to the importance of care partners for those with Alzheimer’s and related neurological disorders. The background shows the sun in the clouds to darkening skies, signifying the decline of the disease. While the darkness portrays confusion, the light conveys hope.

Those who have, or have had, a loved one with dementia understand the darkness and light, despair and hope, helplessness and determination as they face(d) this journey together. The semipostal fundraising stamp not only will increase awareness, but also will raise much-needed funds for dementia research.  Spread the word and help stamp out Alzheimer’s.

The stamp is now available at many post offices, online at usps.com or toll-free 800-STAMP-24. Currently, purchasers can pay $12 for a sheet of 20, $6 for a block of 10 and $2.40 for four stamps (60 cents per stamp) with the proceeds being distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and being designated for more Alzheimer’s research. The release of the new stamp aligned with November’s designation as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which the late former President Ronald Reagan declared in 1983. At the time of his announcement, Alzheimer’s disease affected less than 2 million Americans and currently has grown to nearly 5.4 million.

 

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