First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communication Office
First Lady unveils new Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 09, 2005  
Contact Information:  Julane Hamon
502-564-2611
 


First Lady Glenna Fletcher today unveiled the new Kentucky Breast Cancer Awareness license plate. She said 900 advance orders for the plate are needed before Dec. 31 to put the license plate into production. According to the Kentucky Breast Cancer Alliance, which is heading the effort to produce the license plate, about 350 orders have been received to date.

Breast cancer is the No. 2 cause of cancer deaths among women in Kentucky. In 2002, 3,320 women in Kentucky were diagnosed with breast cancer and 651 women died from breast cancer.  Another 3,300 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Kentucky this year.

During the ceremony to unveil the license plate at the Governor’s Mansion, Mrs. Fletcher said, “While breast cancer predominantly strikes women, the impact of this disease is also felt and shared by the families, co-workers, neighbors and friends of those diagnosed. It is my sincere hope that everyone will come together to support this cause and raise awareness across this great state.”

Maria Yepes, a 31-year-old artist from Colombia who now lives in Louisville, submitted the winning design which was chosen from 60 other contest entries.

The license plate design features the colors pink and white and the ribbon image that have become universally associated with breast cancer awareness and advocacy. The words “Driving for a Cure” appear in blue below the license plate numerals.

At the same event, James W. Holsinger, M.D., secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, announced the creation of the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund.

The 2005 General Assembly established the trust fund to support and advance breast cancer research, education, treatment, screening and awareness efforts in the state. The trust fund is managed by a board of directors that will award competitive grants to eligible organizations providing breast cancer programs and services.

Proceeds from a state income tax check-off beginning with the 2005 tax year will help finance the work of the trust fund. 

Members of the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund Board of Directors were also announced at the event. They are:

Director of the University of Louisville Brown Cancer Center, Donald Miller; Director of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, Alfred Cohen; President of the Kentucky Breast Cancer Alliance, Fran Berg; Directors of the Kentucky Cancer Programs East, Connie Sorrell and West, Debra Armstrong; Holsinger; Commissioner of Public Health, William Hacker, M.D.; and two citizen members, Mary Greene Sharfe of Frankfort and Shirley Sue Bishop of Manchester.  Sharfe and Bishop also are breast cancer survivors.

For more information about the Kentucky Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate call the Kentucky Breast Cancer Alliance at (502) 895-5930.  Order forms are available online at www.kentuckybreastcanceralliance.org or by mail upon request.

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An image file of the Kentucky Breast Cancer Awareness license plate can be obtained at http://chfs.ky.gov/dhss/wpmh/ or by e-mail by sending a request to lisaa.wallace@ky.gov