NOV. 9, 2005 | Kate Williamson was a woman on a mission.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, Williamson was treated at the
While traveling out of state, Williamson noticed a car with a breast cancer-related license plate.
After writing to Gov. Mike Huckabee with her idea for an
In order to make the license plate a reality, Klimberg assisted Williamson in locating $6,000 to underwrite the initial cost of production for the first 1,000 plates. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation also was brought on board as co-beneficiaries of the proceeds the project would produce.
After passing the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate, Williamson’s dream became reality in April 2003 when the bill to approve the license plate was signed by Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Williamson made sure she was the first person to place one of the license plates on her car. “She was so excited. She thought it was the neatest thing,” Williamson’s husband, Graham, said.
Although Williamson died in August 2005 her legacy lives on through her work to establish the breast cancer license plate. Plaques honoring her work and dedication soon will be displayed in the ACRC’s mammography unit and clinic.
Breast cancer license plates are available for $35, in addition to the regular fee, with proceeds benefiting the ACRC and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. To date, the plates have raised more than $38,000 for each organization. For more information, call (501) 603-1406 or visit www.uams.edu/licenseplate.