City of Merced
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City of Merced
Merced Civic Center
678 West 18th Street
Merced, California 95340

9/27/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #525
Subject :

Merced firefighters join battle against breast cancer
Contact :Mike Conway    385-6232

The Merced City Firefighters Local 1479 has teamed up with the Merced Mercy Cancer Center and Dignity Health to raise awareness and funds for the Merced Cancer Center.

People who donate $20 to the fundraising effort will receive a pink T-shirt. All funds raised will stay locally and go to the Mercy Cancer Center. Last year the money raised for the Center went to help with cancer support groups, assisting with funding for people in need and to meeting other local treatment goals.

The Merced City Firefighters will be raising funds for cancer awareness (and have a supply of pink T-shirts for a $20 donation) during the annual pancake breakfast on October 5th from 7 to 11 a.m. located at Station 55, 3520 N. Parsons Rd. Merced.

People can also make a $20 donation and obtain a pink T-shirt at the Merced City Fire Department headquarters, Station 51, in Downtown Merced at 99E.16th St.

During the month of October the Merced City Fire Department will be wearing pink shirts while on duty.

Few sights grab the public's eye like a firefighter dressed in bright pink. But all across the United States and Canada, IAFF members are suiting up in pink to fight breast cancer—just one of the many ways firefighters show support for the fight against breast cancer. During the month of October on-duty firefighters will be trading blue shirts for pink to honor the true heroes -- people fighting cancer, survivors of cancer or those that have lost someone to cancer

There will be various events around the city to honor the true heroes that are fighting Breast Cancer.

The T-shirt is more than a piece of pink clothing—it's a statement that you won't stand for the tragic toll breast cancer takes on lives.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 12 percent of women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. This year, around 39,620 women and 410 men are likely to die from breast cancer in the United States.

Breast cancer affects Millions yearly, while there is no cure yet there is hope. Breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease, especially for people with the following are risk factors:

·        Having a personal history of breast cancer,        

·        Getting older

·        Having a family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer

 

The Merced City Firefighters Union shares these suggestions to stop the spread of this disease:

-Know your risk: Talk to your family about your past history and talk to your doctor about your risk.

-Get screened: Have a clinical breast exam every three years starting at the age of 20 and every year after the age of 40.

-Know what is normal for you: Monthly self-exams are the first step in early detection and treatment, share changes with your doctor.

-Make healthy lifestyle changes: Maintain a healthy weight, add exercise into your routine, consume more vegetables and limit alcohol intake.



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