A New Way to Combat Breast Cancer

Oct 23, 2017

Congresswoman Maloney unveiling the design of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin with BCRF and survivors

Dear Friend,

Today, we took another step in the fight to defeat breast cancer, a disease that touches nearly every person in this country in one way or another. 

his morning, I joined with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the U.S. Mint to unveil a new commemorative coin that will help us raise much needed private funding for lifesaving medical research. 

Thanks to a bill I authored in the House that President Obama signed into law in 2016, next year the Mint will issue this first-of-its-kind Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin. More than just a beautiful reminder of the fight, the coin will directly contribute to research—the kind of research that has decreased mortality rates by 38 percent over the last 25 years—with surcharges from sales going to BCRF, the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the U.S.

You could spend your coin like any other currency (it has a $5 face value), but you won’t want to. Fifty thousand of the coins are 85 percent gold, and—in recognition of the color so closely associated with the fight against breast cancer—the Mint will be using a special alloy combination that will give the gold coins a pink tint, something it has never done before. In addition to the $5 pink gold coins, the Mint will also produce up to 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins. 

The only way for us to eradicate this deadly disease is through research to find a cure, and through increased awareness and screenings. These coins are a creative approach to do just that, and the pink tint of the gold coin is a fitting tribute to my dear friend Evelyn Lauder, who founded BCRF and made pink ribbons the universal symbol for the fight against breast cancer.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. It does not discriminate by race, socioeconomic status, or political affiliation. The funding raised by these new coins will help us finally find the breakthrough that so many of us have been hoping for.

Together, we can defeat this devastating disease. You can more read about the coin program in this piece I wrote with BCRF President and CEO Myra Biblowit for Marie Claire.

Thank you for your support. 


Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress

Front and back of the Breast Cancer Commemorative Coin