Summer 2014

License to Cure

Pink-ribbon Massachusetts plate funds breast cancer research at Tufts Cancer Center

As a Bay State driver, you may not know it, but every car you see with a specialized Massachusetts license plate bearing a pink ribbon and a “Cure Breast Cancer” tagline benefits the Diane Connolly-Zaniboni Breast Cancer Research Fund at the Tufts Cancer Center.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConnolly-Zaniboni was a Tufts Medical Center patient and South Boston  wife, mother and attorney who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2000. She had envisioned a specialized license plate to benefit breast cancer research, and after her death, a group of her friends made it happen in her memory. The first such plate, created with the backing of the state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles, came out in 2006.

The initial registration fee for the plate is $60, and the special plate fee is $40—of which $12 goes to the Registry for plate production and $28 benefits the cancer research fund. The plate is renewable every two years, with the full $100 renewal fee going to the Connolly-Zaniboni fund. For details on pricing and procedures, go to and look under the “online services” tab.

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