The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 17, 2013

Clinton firefighters support the cause

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton Fire Department is once again raising funds to benefit breast cancer education and research.

Throughout October, firefighters will be wearing shirts that declare “Clinton Firefighters Care Enough To Wear Pink.” Firefighter Karen McQuistion said the department wears and sells these shirts to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

“It takes such a small effort on our part, but it makes a big difference,” McQuistion said.

Last year, the fire department raised a little less than $6,000 in the month of October selling T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Having never done anything like it before, McQuistion was surprised at the response from the community.

“I’ve seen those pink shirts everywhere,” McQuistion said. “They’ve definitely been popular.”

This year, the fire department opened up sales for the new shirts in June, advertising on the Facebook page, “Clinton Firefighters Wear Pink.” McQuistion said they also added tank tops and long-sleeved shirts to the T-shirts and hoodies they were already selling. She added that they are well on track to surpass last year’s amount.

Those who have seen or own the bright pink shirts from last year, will notice a definite difference in this year’s design. Firefighters this month are sporting dark blue shirts featuring text and large angel wings in bright pink.

“The guys were very excited to have the dark blue,” McQuistion joked. She plans to change the design each year so people will buy the shirts each year.

Those interested in supporting the program can purchase shirts after 4 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on the weekend at Central Fire Station, 344 Third Ave. South. People also can place orders on the Facebook page.

T-shirts are $15 for regular sizes and $17 for 2X and 3X. Hooded sweatshirts are $27 for basic sizes and $30 for 2X and 3X. The fire department is selling tank tops on clearance for $10 and long-sleeve shirts for $17.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® foundation was formed in 1982, launching the global breast cancer movement. The foundation came from a promise Nancy G. Brinker made to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, to do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. The organization has worked to transform how the world talks about and treats this disease, turning millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. Through events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the foundation has invested almost $2 billion to fulfill Brinker's promise. These funds are used to work toward the end of breast cancer in U.S. and throughout the would with ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries. Donations can be made online and via text. People can make a $10 donation by texting "KOMEN" to 90999. For additional information, people can visit http://ww5.komen.org. Information found at the Susan G. Komen website.