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Firefighters 'go pink' in honor of breast cancer awareness

TVF&R remembers beloved firefighter who battled disease


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters from Beaverton Station 67 will continue to wear pink T-shirts through Friday to raise awareness about breast cancer.Few sights grab the public’s eye like a firefighter dressed in bright pink. That’s exactly what Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters hoped would happen on Wednesday, when they traded in their blue duty uniforms for pink ones.

Thursday and Friday, firefighters will continue to wear pink T-shirts to show support for families who have been impacted by breast cancer. The fire district 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. 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 and do what we can to raise awareness and money to fight a disease that has devastated so many families in our community,” said Chris Tompkins, secretary of Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union Local 1660.

Firefighters purchased their shirts through Local 1660, who will be donating 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 fire district members. Members of the public who would like to join TVF&R firefighters and “go pink” may purchase a pink T-shirt from Local 1660’s union office by calling 503-697-9418 or stopping by 16400 S.W. Bryant Road in Lake Oswego, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The cost of the shirt is $15.

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

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

  • 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 is most easily treated.




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