/////Patient’s Dream Makes Breast Cancer License Plate a Reality
Patient’s Dream Makes Breast Cancer License Plate a Reality 2018-01-05T09:15:51+00:00

NOV. 9, 2005 | Kate Williamson was a woman on a mission.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, Williamson was treated at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC). During that time, the Hot Springs Village resident also developed an idea to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research in Arkansas.

While traveling out of state, Williamson noticed a car with a breast cancer-related license plate. Arkansas had license plates supporting public education, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other causes, but not one specific to breast cancer.

After writing to Gov. Mike Huckabee with her idea for an Arkansas breast cancer plate, Williamson approached her surgeon, V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., and several Arkansas legislators for support. Klimberg is director of the breast cancer program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Arkansas Cancer Research Center.

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.