Gastonia police badges go pink to raise breast cancer awareness

- The badges of some Gastonia police officers have turned pink for the month of October.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some officers have chosen to wear the pink badges.

Authorities hope it’s a reminder for women to make sure they’re keeping up with their check-ups. 

“One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Kim Elmore with Cancer Services of Gaston County. “We’re here to help not only the cancer victim, but also the caregivers and the families. When somebody is going through this it means a lot to know there are other people out there pulling for them, wanting to help because you can feel alone. To know people care makes all the difference in the world.”

The Gastonia Police Sergeants Association is now selling pink patches for $5, and the Gastonia Fire Department is selling “Firefighters for a Cure” t-shirts for $10 or $12 depending on the size.

Proceeds from both fundraisers will benefit Cancer Services of Gaston County, a nonprofit that serves residents of Gaston County who have been diagnosed with cancer.

You'll see pink patches and badges on Gastonia Police officers and employees through the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink patches are for sale for $5, and all proceeds benefit Cancer Services of Gaston County.

— Gastonia Police (@GPDNC) October 2, 2018

The sale of pink badges, which are available for police department employees, is also part of the effort. If you are interested in a pink patch or badge you may call Sgt. Nancy Capistran at (704) 866-6884.

“Firefighters for a Cure” t-shirts are for sale at Station 1, located at 260 N. Myrtle School Road, and Cancer Services offices located at 306 S. Columbia Street, Gastonia, during regular business hours.

Prices are $10 for small – XL and $12 for larger sizes. If you have any questions, you're asked to call (704) 866-6806.

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