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Albuquerque Fire Rescue Announced Support of Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Shirts

Councilor Borrego joined AFR during their announcement that they will wear and sell the shirts to benefit the American Cancer Society

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News release from Albuquerque Fire Rescue

Albuquerque Fire Rescue and IAFF Local 244 members announced their support of Breast Cancer Awareness today, with new shirts that they will wear and sell. For the month of October, Albuquerque fire fighters have partnered with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer by purchasing and wearing pink t-shirts on duty. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the American Cancer Society to fund research, early detection, and patient support. 

“Fire fighters provide unwavering support, both on and off the job, for those who suffer from cancer. We hope to make a big impact and help raise awareness with our fundraising efforts this year in the fight against breast cancer,” said Diego Arencón, IAFF Local 244 President.

AFR Fire Chief Paul Dow explained how the shirts will be utilized by members, “For October, all AFR members may wear this pink AFR shirt in place of the Class B uniform shirt (badge shirt). This includes all training at the Academy, CIP events, Balloon Fiesta, and any other time members who would typically be required to wear a badge shirt. This partnership with the American Cancer Society and IAFF Local 244 gives AFR firefighters the opportunity to support a good cause that will directly benefit the survivors and families of those affected by breast cancer,”

Every dollar raised helps the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support. They are currently funding more than $62.6 million in breast cancer research grants nationwide. They also provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer when and where they need it. The American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early, when it may be easier to treat.