October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Across the United States and Canada, IAFF members will be wearing pink this October — just one of the many ways to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fire fighters get involved for many reasons, and often it’s because they have been personally affected by the disease. Fire fighters 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 fire fighters do.
Through the years and, through their collective efforts, IAFF affiliates have raised funds benefiting national and local organizations dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.
This year, the IAFF is again encouraging affiliates to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaigns. The International has once again partnered with Susan G. Komen and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) for affiliates who chose to join the Passionately Pink for the Cure program or support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).
In the last three years, hundreds of IAFF affiliates in the United States have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Passionately Pink program, with the donations shared equally between Susan G. Komen and the IAFF Charitable Foundation. Funds are used to help Komen support breast cancer research, screening and treatment programs and to help the IAFF Foundation support IAFF members and family members who are battling cancer. For additional information about participating in Passionately Pink, click here.
In Canada, affiliates can help raise funds for breast cancer research through CBCF activities, such as running or walking the CBIC Run for the Cure, registering a run team under the IAFF national team, helping out at a local CIBC run or organizing a pink T-shirt campaign. For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiatives in Canada, contact Sandy Hamamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org.