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Firefighters join battle against breast cancer

Mike Conway

Post Date:09/01/2017

Merced Firefighters join battle against breast cancer

It looks good and it's for a good cause, so go for it and get the T-shirt.

The Merced City Firefighters Local 1479 has once again teamed up with the Dignity Health Mercy UC Davis Cancer Center to raise awareness and funds for the local center.

People who donate $20 to the fundraising effort will receive their choice of two T-shirts. All funds raised will stay locally and go to the Dignity Health UC Davis Cancer Center here in Merced. Last year almost $16,000 was raised and this year the goal is $20,000, said Morgan Madruga, a Fire Captain in the Merced Fire Department.

For more information on how to donate and get a T-shirt go to MercedFirefighters on Facebook or email

During the month of October the Merced City Fire Department will be wearing pink shirts while on duty to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Few sights grab the public's eye like a firefighter dressed in bright pink. But all across the United States and Canada, firefighters 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-shirts are 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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