Thinking pink: Merced city firefighters to begin fundraising for breast cancer research

tmiller@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 29, 2013 

Passers-by may notice something off about Merced City firefighters’ uniforms Tuesday – they’ll be pink.

During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, crew members will trade in their blue T-shirts for pink as part of an effort to raise awareness and cash for the Mercy Cancer Center beginning Tuesday, according to a press release.

Anyone who donates $20 to the effort will get a pink T-shirt in return, the release stated.

The money goes to the Mercy Cancer Center, the release stated. Last year, the cash raised for the center went to cancer support groups, people in need and local treatment goals.

Firefighters will be collecting money and awarding pink T-shirts during the annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Station 55, 3520 N. Parsons Road.

People can also make a $20 donation and get a pink T-shirt at Merced City Fire Department Station 51, 99 E. 16th St.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 12 percent of women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. This year, about 39,620 women and 410 men are likely to die from breast cancer in the United States.

The American Cancer Society has a few recommendations for early detection: Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40; clinical breast exams are recommended about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and older; and women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and promptly report any breast change to their health care provider.

Sun-Star staff writer Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or tmiller@mercedsunstar.com.

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