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Prairie Flowers: DeKalb firefighters’ 
breast cancer fundraiser

Published: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

DeKalb Firefighters IAFF Local 1236 and the DeKalb Fire Department administration would like to thank everyone who participated in their breast cancer fundraiser.

The firefighters created a pink T-shirt campaign in April. The T-shirts were pink versions of the firefighters’ duty shirts with a fire hose in the shape of a pink ribbon and the logo “Help Extinguish Breast Cancer” on the back. The goal of this campaign was to raise a few hundred dollars, and that it would run until Oct. 1.

With the great response from people and organizations throughout DeKalb County, the fundraiser ran until early December, and we were able to raise $5,000 for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

As firefighters, we see patients regularly with histories of breast cancer, but in the course of selling these shirts throughout the county, our eyes were opened to how extensively this disease has affected the members of our community. We heard amazing stories of survival; devastating stories of loss; and stories of friends and relatives struggling with this disease. All the firefighters have women in our lives that we care about, and it has been a real honor to be able to raise this amount of money to help in the quest for a cure.

I would like to thank the firefighters and their families for all their efforts in supporting this fundraiser – whether it was selling T-shirts or wearing the pink T-shirts for a week in October, even if pink wasn’t their color. As several women pointed out, “It takes a real man to wear pink.”

I also would like to thank the other departments in the city of DeKalb that wore the shirts in support of this effort. It made me very proud of the employees of this city and their efforts to support this community.

Most importantly, thank you to all the people who bought the shirts and for all of your kind words. DeKalb firefighters wish you and your families happy holidays and a healthy, happy new year.

Lt. Bart Gilmore

DeKalb Fire Department

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