On Wed., Oct. 1,  Eugene Platt purchased 2,400 breast cancer research stamps valued at $1,320. It’s the seventh year Platt has bought the stamps in memory of his wife, who died from the disease in 2003.

“It perpetuates the memory of a beautiful person who died too soon at the age of 51,” Platt says.

Platt has donated more than $8,500 through his stamp purchases. Nationwide, over 785.6 million stamps have been sold since 1998, raising over $58.3 million for breast cancer research. Eleven cents of the 55 cent stamp goes to the national Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at the Defense Department.

Platt was joined by postal officials and Lucy Spears, a cancer survivor and the outreach coordinator for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.