EFR goes pink for breast cancer awareness
October 1, 2013
Employees at Eastside Fire & Rescue will again wear pink shirts in October as they show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 3-5, 9-11 and 15-17.
While the focus of raising awareness is primarily related to prevention measures and treatment methods of breast cancer, EFR joins with the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against all cancers.
“While I don’t dwell on the matter, cancer unfortunately invades my space periodically. The networks we build over many years within our families, friends, workmates, church associates and peers in respective industries gives us a respect for how cancer changes lives and impacts relationships,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release. “If wearing pink, doing walkathons and sponsoring fundraising events will further prevention, awareness and treatment efforts, then we feel an obligation to stay in the fight until this battle is won.”
The American Cancer Society reports breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. Employees at EFR hope this display of support will inspire cancer patients and encourage others to do what they can to help in the fight, the news release said.
Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.