23 Jan Cancer Services of Huntington County receive donation from Huntington Fire Fighters Association Local 680
Huntington Fire Fighters Association Local 680 presented a check for $200 to Al Sims, Executive Director for Cancer Services of Huntington County. The local fire fighters raised this amount selling Breast Cancer Awareness pink t-shirts during the month of October.
Pictured L to R: George Markou, Adam Close, Tony Johnson, Al Sims, Jason Meier, Travis Monsey and Curan Burnau.
Huntington Fire Fighters Association Local 680 Turned Out in Pink last October. Across North America, fire fighters were wearing pink to support the fight against breast cancer.
In addition to fighting fires, Huntington city fire fighters were sporting the color pink throughout October in efforts to fight breast and other cancers.
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. With one in eight women diagnosed each year, an estimated 246,660 new cases of breast cancer and 40,450 deaths will be reported in 2016. Among all women affected, 85 percent have no family history.
“Fire fighters are motivated to get involved for many reasons, and often it’s because they have been personally affected by the disease. We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give so that no breast cancer patient goes without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure,” stated Jason Meier, Local IAFF 680 President.
Everyone is at risk for breast cancer. The two most important risk factors are being female and getting older. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known factors. To help reduce your risk, be sure to maintain a healthy weight, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise and limit alcohol consumption.
Your local 680 fire fighters encouraged everyone in this community to participate in breast cancer awareness and prevention activities.