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Small Missouri town wins breast cancer stamp contest

Marla Shipman may be sweet and friendly, but if you came into her post office during the month of October, she was probably going to make sure you left with a certain stamp in your hands.

According to KFVS News, Shipman helped her Ellington, Missouri, post office win a national contest for the most 55-cent pink ribbon stamps sold during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"It was like something inside me that won't let up for the whole month," Shipman told the news outlet. "With the postal service the whole reason they started the stamp was to save lives."

Marla and her co-workers raised $36,000 from the sale of the stamps, a large feat considering the town's population of just around 1,000 residents. And while Shipman is happy, her dedication may also stem from her own diagnosis of the disease, which she received in 2008.

"We're all in it for the same reason," Shipman told the news outlet. "We want a reason. We want a cure."

According to the American Cancer Society, there are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today.
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