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TVF&R firefighters go pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by: TVF&R - Firefighters sported pink T-shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Few sights grab the public’s eye like a firefighter dressed in bright pink. That’s exactly what Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters hope happen when they traded in their blue duty uniforms for pink ones.

From Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, firefighters wore pink T-shirts to show support for families who have been impacted 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 (IAFF) adopted a resolution encouraging its affiliates to support and develop campaigns to benefit organizations dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. This is TVF&R’s second year supporting the campaign.

“The Firefighters in Pink campaign gives us a tangible way to honor the memory of our fallen sister,” said Chris Tompkins, secretary of Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union Local 1660, “and do what we can to raise awareness and money to fight a disease that has devastated so many families in our community.”

Firefighters purchased their T-shirts through Local 1660, which donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the Providence Robert W. Franz Research Center and Breast Cancer Outreach Program, both of which have had a direct positive impact on several TVF&R members.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, firefighters urge individuals to consider the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer screening guidelines and take action:

n Clinical breast exams are recommended about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and older.

n Yearly screening mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

Visit cancer.org to learn more about risk factors and what you can do to detect breast cancer early when it most easily treated.




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