Myrtle Beach firefighters don pink
Sep 29, 2011
The Myrtle Beach firefighters will be wearing pink t-shirts for the entire month of October to help raise funds for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, according to the Sun News.
The department will be selling these shirts to the public as well, and last year they raised $8,900, according to the news provider.
"It has impacted so many of our firefighters and their families," Myrtle Beach Fire Department Administrative Secretary Rhonda Brown told the news source. "It's very personal to many of us."
Brown knows how very personal it is, as she was diagnosed with the disease in 1983, and due to recurrence recently finished an 11-month chemotherapy treatment.
The shirts are just one facet of the nationwide firefighter effort to fight against breast cancer. The Pink Heals Tour showcases pink fire trucks across the nation, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. This disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women behind lung cancer.