October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
And locally, one group of East Haven first responders are doing their part to help raise awareness and funds in the battle against the disease.
'In the Fight'
Last year, East Haven Firefighters Local 1205 held an internal fundraising drive where for a donation, members received a specially made pink t-shirt.
This year, however, members have opened the fundraiser to the entire community, in hopes of increasing the overall impact of their efforts.
"We are extending our Breast Cancer Awareness Pink T-Shirts to the general public in the fight to help wipe out Breast Cancer," Local 1205 President Joe Ciscone said.
'Breast Cancer Supporter'
The logo, which will appear on the upper left chest of the shirt, states: "East Haven Fire Local 1205 Breast Cancer Supporter." And on the back of the shirt will appear the phrase" "Firefighters for a cure."
Both designs include within it a pink ribbon, which is a symbol for breast cancer awareness and support.
"The cost of the shirts will be $15 each," Ciscone said. "With at least $5 of every shirt being donated to The Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation."
The deadline for orders is Oct. 9.
Second Year of Fundraiser
Ciscone said this is East Haven Fire's second year raising funds for breast cancer awareness and research.
"Last year we were able to donate $500," Ciscone said. "And by extending it to the public, we hope to crush that amount this year."
Those interested in making a donation for a shirt, should send a check made out to "EHFF Local 1205" with a sheet of paper with the size(s) on it and mail it to EHFF Local 1205 P.O. Box 120095 East Haven, CT 06512
"And put on the bottom left of your envelope 'Pink," Ciscone said.
Also, be sure to include your phone number to allow firefighters to contact you regarding any questions they may have regarding your order.
For more information, contact Local 1205 President Joe Ciscone at (203) 500-9648.