T-shirt sales to benefit St. Michael’s Foundation
By Brandi Makuski
Stevens Point firefighters will kick off their annual campaign for breast cancer awareness beginning Oct. 1.
Throughout October — known nationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month — firefighters will be sporting pink “Fighting for a Cure” t-shirts during most of the week, according to Fire Chief Bob Finn.
On Fridays, crews will continue to wear red as a sign of support for the United States military.
“Firefighters are motivated to get involved for many reasons, and often it’s because they have been personally affected by the disease,” said Shane Westphal, SPFD firefighter and a director of Local 484 Charitable Foundation. “We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give so that no breast cancer patient goes without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure. Everyone is at risk for breast cancer.”
“Firefighters exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job are disproportionately diagnosed with breast cancer – just one of many cancers linked to the work firefighters do,” a news release from Local 484 reads in part. “With one in eight women diagnosed each year, an estimated 246,660 new cases of breast cancer and 40,450 deaths will be reported in 2016. Among all women affected, 85 percent have no family history.”
T-shirts are available for sale from Fire Station No. 1, 1701 Franklin St., beginning Oct. 1 and are available in sizes youth small through XL for $10 each; 2XL shirts are available for $14.
All proceeds will be donated to St. Michael’s Foundation.
For more information, contact the Stevens Point Fire Fighters Local 484 Charitable Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.