Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters show support for breast cancer awareness

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO BY TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters from Station 62 in Aloha go pink in support of women and their families affected by breast cancer.Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters are switching to pink uniforms — for three days that is.

Beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday, firefighters will wear pink T-shirts in an effort to show support to women and their families who have been affected by breast cancer. TVF&R was personally impacted in 2008 when it lost one of its own to breast cancer — 36-year-old Firefighter Randilyn Dean.

In 2010, the International Association of Firefighters adopted a resolution encouraging its affiliates to support and develop campaigns to benefit organizations dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.

"Our firefighters are very proud to be joining our brothers and sisters across the nation in the Firefighters in Pink Cancer Awareness Campaign," said TVF&R Firefighter Chris Tompkins. "Because so many have been affected by this disease, the IAFF is committed to raising awareness and dollars in support of women in their fight against breast (cancer) and other cancers."

Local 1660 will be donating 100 percent of the T-shirt proceeds to the Providence Robert W. Franz Research Center and its Breast Cancer Outreach Program, both of which have had a positive impact on several TVF&R members.

Although this is the first year that local firefighters have participated in the "go pink" program, they have a long-standing history of supporting cancer initiatives, including the annual Firefighter Stairclimb. The fundraiser benefits the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, which is dedicated to funding blood-cancer research, education and patient services. To date, TVF&R firefighters have raised nearly $200,000 for this worthy cause.

"The Firefighters in Pink campaign is just one more way our members can continue to give back to the communities we serve," Tompkins said.

Members of the public who would like to join TVF&R's efforts may purchase a pink T-shirt from Local 1660's office, 16400 S.W. Bryant Road, in Lake Oswego, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The cost of the shirt is $15, of which $5 goes to the aforementioned local charities.

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