October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for Local Firefighters in PINK

101011e3crewpink2October has been declared by Congress to be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In order to support the American Cancer Society and bring awareness to our communities, for the Month of October, you may see many of your local firefighters wearing PINK T-shirts.

Contra Costa County Fire, Moraga-Orinda Fire, El-Cerrito/Kensington Fire, East Contra Costa Fire and Rodeo-Hercules Fire have adopted similar programs each with the intent of bringing awareness to this cancer that can can affect both men & women alike.

Firefighters from The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 raise money each year for this cause by purchasing and selling PINK T-shirts. Firefighters can be seen on structure fires, car accidents, medical emergencies and many other types of calls supporting this cause, wearing PINK. Citizens throughout the county often express their support and thanks to firefighters for helping to raise awareness and to keep "fighting the fight.”

“This is a cause close to me since my wife is a survivor of this horrible disease. We know that many in our community are suffering from this disease and we want them to know most of all that we are here for them,” says Local 1230 Vice President and Contra Costa County Fire Captain Chris Leimpeter.

This year alone over 233,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. and over 40,000 women will die from this disease. This is not just a women's disease either, over 2,400 men will be diagnosed this year alone. As you can see this is a disease that affects us all. The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 would like to thank all those who support us during this campaign and we look forward to putting an end to breast cancer.

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