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Pink Ribbons on the Road: Texas Gets Breast Cancer License Plate


Starting today, Texas will offer a specialty license plate to promote breast cancer awareness and to help support the National Breast Cancer Foundation based in Frisco. Two plate designs are being offered at a price of $55 per year with 10% donated to the NBCF.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is a national organization that funds free mammograms for women without health insurance and supports research programs across the country. The proceeds from the Texas plate sales will stay in the state, primarily through grants to clinics in Houston and Austin.

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According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 191,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, the most recent year that numbers are available. More than 40,000 women died.

The plates will be available for cars, motorcycles, trailers, RVs and buses. Personalization is also offered at an additional cost. The license plate will be available for pick up at the county tax assessor’s office about three weeks after the order is placed.

Texas is the most recent, but not the only, state to offer custom license plates to support breast cancer awareness. Other states that offer the plates include AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MO, MS, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, and VA.

MyPlates.com is a Texas based company that has contracted with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to design, market, and sell specialty license plates in the state of Texas. Among other charity organizations available for display on Texas license plates are “Be a Blood Donor”, “March of Dimes”, “Mothers Against Drunk Driving”, and the “Special Olympics.”