Turlock firefighters go pink again to fight breast cancer

mrowland@modbee.comSeptember 17, 2013 

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Turlock Fire Department firefighters, pictured at last year’s breast cancer awareness event at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, will be selling pink T-shirts in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Turlock firefighters are again going pretty in pink to fight breast cancer.

After a successful first year, Turlock Fire Department firefighters are holding a pink T-shirt fund-raiser for the month of October. Last year’s campaign raised $18,000 for Emanuel Cancer Center, far more than originally expected. They had hoped to raise around $3,500.

Firefighters from Local 2434 will wear and sell the custom-designed pink T-shirts throughout October and have already started pre-sales. T-shirts are $15 each. All proceeds will benefit the Bill & Elsie Ahlem Cancer Endowment at Emanuel Medical Center.

This year, firefighters also have launched the Pink Helmet Award in conjunction with the pink T-shirt campaign. The community is invited to nominate local cancer survivors, advocates or people otherwise affected by the disease. The winner will be announced at the annual Emanuel Cancer Center Women’s Cancer Awareness Night on Oct. 8.

Turlock firefighter Kevin Tidwell said the nominees should represent “the characteristics of a firefighter, i.e. compassion, bravery, honesty, commitment and courage.”

The deadline for submission is Monday and nominations are open to Stanislaus or Merced county residents who have been touched by breast cancer in some way. Nominations must be submitted electronically and emailed to pinkhelmet@turlockfirefighters.org with the subject line “Pink Helmet.”

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2284. Follow her on Twitter @TurlockNow. For more on the Turlock firefighters pink T-shirt campaign or Pink Helmet Award, visit www.turlockfirefighters.org. Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2284. Follow her on Twitter @marijkerowland.

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