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TVF&R's 'Firefighters in Pink' campaign helps support breast cancer awareness

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Members of the Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union Local 1660 and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue are teaming up during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to participate in the Firefighters in Pink Campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to raise money and awareness for local cancer screenings, education, and support services.

Starting Friday October 16 until October 31, TVF&R crews will be wearing pink t-shirts instead of their regular blue uniform shirts to show support for families who have been impacted by breast cancer.

Firefighters purchased their shirts though the union’s online store for $15 each, and all proceeds are split between the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Beaverton to help pay for cancer screenings, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network provides assistance to all fire service members and their families following a cancer diagnosis.

"This cause is something we are passionate about," says Chris Tompkins, Local 1660 secretary and an apparatus operator and paramedic with TVF&R. "The Firefighters in Pink campaign gives us a way to do what we can to raise awareness and money to fight a disease that has devastated so many families in our community."

In 2014, the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center served more than 13,000 patients and an additional 400 students through a health clinic based at Beaverton High School, says Olivia MacKenzie, public relations officer for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation. 

You can buy your own firefighters in pink t-shirt here.

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