In efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer, Turlock Firefighters will be removing their standard blue uniform to wear pink t-shirts throughout the month of October.
The firefighters also have hopes that the community and residents of Turlock will join them in their efforts to raise breast cancer awareness by purchasing and wearing one of the shirts as well.
Turlock Firefighters Local #2434 will be selling these official pink shirts to raise funds to fight breast and all other cancers. The proceeds from shirt sales will benefit Emanuel Cancer Center in Turlock, located adjacent to Emanuel Medical Center.
At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, Mayor John Lazar made a proclamation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month for October, alongside Fire Chief Tim Lohman.
“This is an annual campaign designed to increase education to our City employees and our citizens about early detection, the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and support for survivors,” stated Lazar.
Nearly 200,000 women and 1,700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, with approximately 40,000 of those diagnosed passing away due to the illness.
“This is a real positive event that will raise awareness not just for breast cancer, but for all cancers,” stated Lohman.
Emanuel Cancer Center staff will also be wearing the pink t-shirts throughout the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Shawn Walker, one of the firefighters who helped organize the program, also stated that the Turlock Fire Department would be working together with Chili’s Restaurant in Turlock, located on Countryside Drive, to hold a fundraiser on October 25th.
Emanuel Cancer Center will also be holding their annual Women’s Cancer Event on October 16th.
“We had the vision to bring awareness to the whole community about how important cancer is,” stated firefighter Frank Salazar, who has also helped start the pink t-shirt program. “The part that has helped this cause really take off was partnering with Emanuel. We had this thing we wanted to do, and we had this vision, but they knew how to cross all the T’s and dot the I’s, as far as how to get things ready and how we should do it to get it out to the public.”
The t-shirts are $15/each with both men’s and women’s sizes available. They can be purchased online or in person. To purchase a t-shirt online, visit www.turlockfirefighters.org. To purchase in person, please visit the Emanuel Medical Center Gift Shop located at 825 Delbon Avenue, in Turlock, or the Turlock Farmers Market, held on Friday mornings from 8am to 1pm on the corner of Broadway and Main Street in Downtown Turlock.