Learn how one doctor has helped raise funding for breast cancer prevention research.
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Michael Tucker: A Sacramento cancer surgeon wants women to arm themselves with the best medical information and advice. He also own medical research the one they put him out of business. That’s why he became the driving force behind this simple but extraordinary stand. Dr. Ernie Bodai: I often stall this as long as possible because I don’t enjoy making these phone calls. Michael Tucker: This is what makes Dr. Ernie Bodai’s job so difficult. Dr. Bodai is glad to have the benefit of early detection and some effective treatment options. He’s a cancer specialist who hopes one day he won’t be performing breast cancer surgery because researchers will find a cure. That’s why he wouldn’t let go of an idea. That inspiration was to create a stand for the US Postal Service that would cost a little more than a regular stamp and the extra money would go to breast cancer research. It took him two years of intense lobbying efforts in Washington, but this stamp became the first in the nation’s history to raise money for a special cause. Dr. Ernie Bodai: Interestingly it was a stamp that they thought would never sell and now it has sold almost 5 million of them. I have raised over $35 million for breast cancer research and it’s actually probably the highest on stamp that’s ever been issued by health service. Michael Tucker: This line drawing of the Roman goddess Dianna has become a powerful symbol reaching for an arrow from her quiver, painted with a rainbow of colors representing all women standing ready to fight with strength and courage. Dr. Boudi believes it is this spirit that will lead medical science to conquer this disease so he will never have to make another phone call like this one.