• Jul 28, 2009
Colorado's specialty "Committed to a Cure" license plate was rolled out in 2005. According to the women behind it, the goal was to "create broad awareness about the breast cancer crusade," and Coloradans have paid $50 to put the plates on their cars. A recently passed bill in the Colorado Legislature will add another $25 to that fee, and that extra surcharge has compelled the current plate's designers to ask for it to be retired.

The $25 will be applied to a fund that pays for treatment for uninsured women who have breast or cervical cancer. Carol Hickman, who had the original idea to create such a plate for Colorado is behind the movement to retire the current plate, says that since "there's no research component... it's not going to the overall purpose of committed to a cure." If the disease itself isn't being addressed with the surcharge, Hickman feels it's better not to allow the current plate to be used.

The uninsured women who have breast cancer and would benefit from treatment assistance would probably call that an overly strict definition of the word "cure." There is also the fact that no portion of the $50 vanity plate fee -- paid for 28,602 plates -- has gone to breast cancer research or treatment: half of that money goes to the DMV to pay for the plate and license services, the other half goes to highway maintenance.

A new plate breast-cancer-themed will be unveiled by November 1. Current plate holders have the option of trading plates when the new design arrives, or keeping theirs until 2012. The $25 surcharge will be optional until then.


[Source: 9 News | Image: Colorado House Democrats]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't mean to sound heartless, jaded or cynical, but where does the money go once you donate? I have read that much of the money goes to the pharmeceutical companies, which is fine. But the problem is that they might have a tendency to overlook cause, prevention or "natural" cures that they won't be able to package up and sell.

      I hope I'm wrong, and the money is going to a neutral party. If I'm right, and all of these ladies are promoting the fund raising, spending their valuable time and money just to benefit the pharm companies, that makes me sick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "spending their valuable time and money just to benefit the pharm companies, that makes me sick. "

        THANK YOU!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that this is benefiting BIG PHARMA more than the people it is supposed to benefit....


        If I hear one more commercial with "side effects include....", It may drive me to the point of insanity where grabbing a Louisville Slugger and paying the ad agency a visit (to do some "housecleaning") might not sound like a bad idea...

        I keed about the Louisville Slugger thing - but you get the gist of it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Earl, you can stick your comment where the sun don't shine and hope the Dixie Chicks don't find you. My man died from cancer because he had no medical insurance and a bit of free help may have saved his life!
      Keith Hubbard
      • 5 Years Ago
      Once again, an article that reaffirms by resolve in not contributing to anything. This is a beautiful example on how easily the public is duped. Firmly believing they are spending money on one thing, while it's actually going to another. There is no research being conducted ANYWHERE for a CURE for ANYTHING, at ANY level. There is no money in cures, only treatments. The medical profession as a whole, but particularly in the research areas, has Americans totally blinded but what they are actually doing. If you contribute to these organizations, trace your money. You will discover that the overwhelming majority of your "donation" is going to salaries and facilities, and literally pennies are being spent on actual "research." Yes, there are many survivors of cancer, due to TREATMENT, not a cure. Overall, regardless of your fight for life, you will eventually.............die. And that's the way it is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't wish to offend anybody but this cancer crusade seems to be focused only on womens cancer issues and only on breast cancer. My aunt died from colon cancer as do many men and men get breast cancer as well. I lost my fiance to cancer this past December. He was only 57 yrs. old. Both his brother and his father died from cancer and now his son and his nephew are at risk. My doctor told me that there is a blood test that can be done as part of your yearly check-up that can isolate certain genes and scan for a cancer gene. I'm sure it's far less expensive and painful than discovering cancer when it's too late. Does anyone have any information on this blood test?
      In any case, we need to focus on cancer in general and NOT make it gender bias.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you Julia for the information. I received a test for cervical cancer just prior to a complete hysterectomy at the age of 50. The test was negative but the hysterectomy was done because of a huge fibroid tumor and my propensity for producing ovarian cysts. The doctor said it would prevent any further surgeries to remove cysts. I just wish that our march for a cure would not be gender bias and more men were recognized as being victims of cancer in any form. There should be a "general cancer organization" set up for all that need the help. The American Cancer Society is wonderful, helped us with funds for gas for the car to get us to treatment but the treatment needs funds. If more people were able to get help sooner,and not have to wait 3 months for government subsidies to be approved, there would be a higher recovery rate and my man would still be here along with many others. And, yes, this system makes me very angry.
        Julia
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am sorry for your loss, Paula. It is very true that men get breast cancer too.

        "Cancer" is not the same, organ to organ, system to system. Breast cancer is not ovarian cancer is not stomach cancer, is not brain cancer.... hence the different organizations rasing money to combat specific types of cancer. The cancer cells are genetically different, and have different M.O.s from each other.

        Some cancers can be "tested" for (breast cancer is one) pre-emptively. Consequently, some women are electing to have mastectomies done as a preventive measure. Cervical cancer may be another one. I'm not sure which, if any, other cancers are able to be detected prior to actually becoming ill.
      gigg134
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is kind of odd ot me is that in other states, such specialty plates with a design specific to a charity or cause requires that you have made an outside contribution to the charity already before applying for the plate - I.e. children's and wildlife organizations. The plates themselves have never been a fundraiser and the additional fees for the vanity plates has always been for admin fees, etc. Sounds like the State of Colorado - and from the posts on here, way too many people - are just not familiar with how this kind of thing operates. Get off of your soapboxes, people! Get your wallets out and make some real contributions to charity while you're wising up about how things work... better yet, get off of your wallets and go do some volunteer work too! As many people as are in this nation of ours, it is appalling how little help there is for people who truly need it. And before anyone makes any hateful assumptions, YES I have done/do both - with the MS Society, American Cancer - specific to breast cancer research, Stand for Children, community-based work days benefitting non-profits, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather pay so an uninsured woman can get treatment than for so called 'research" Research money is divided up so that most of it pays administrative costs and about 10% and often times less, goes toward actual research. Once you've watched an uninsured loved one (not an illegal) die because they couldn't afford treatment, you have an entirely different outlook on healthcare.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a woman thing.if it's got a ribbon it's a about boo hoo poor me.it's a fake window dressing to collect money.you don't hear men bitching about prostrate cancer.
        Linda
        • 5 Years Ago
        You just did, and by the way, men get their fair amount of crabbing in , believe you me!
      Dena L
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay so the women who will actually benefit don't mean squat I guess. When I had cancer, I didn't care about your darn research! I wanted medicine now, not five years from now from your precious research! I am glad this moron wasn't around when I had Hodgkin's! Well since none of the money is going to research, we are just going to let you die, Dena! Sit and spin lady! How selfish can you get? Finally, there will be money spent on helping those who need it and she wants to take it off! None of the 50 dollars went to research either, but now some is going to go to actually help women-she is up to something and has nothing to do with helping women!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I understand being committed to a cure... but starting a movement to pull the plate only after it FINALLY begins to benefit cancer victims in some way... that's just dumb.
      Abraxus
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have one of those Virginia vanity plates, the cost is $10 - a bit different to $50-75 - and no one gave me any impression any of this money was going to a charity. If I was paying for a pink ribbon type plate, I would assum some of the money was going to that charity - it's disgusting that none of the $50 or now $75 will go to the charity - what is the point? And yes, there are other causes, and if you want to see them on a plate, start a movement like others have for breast cancer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like what Lynn said and she's right! Time to take care of home--the USA
      • 5 Years Ago
      is anyone not aware of breast cancer research at this point?
      what about other types of cancers?

      not trying to be insensitive, just asking legitimate questions.
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