On October 29th, 30th and 31st, firefighters from Eugene Springfield Fire, South Lane County Fire & Rescue, Oakridge Fire Department, Western Lane, Lane Fire Authority, and Crescent Rural Fire Protection District joined the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” Campaign. For these three shifts, firefighters replaced their regular duty uniform shirts with black and pink shirts to raise awareness for breast cancer, supporting research, friends, coworkers, and family members with breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in women, and is the second leading cause of cancer death of women in the United States. Many friends and family members of our organizations have been affected by this disease.
The Union Firefighters from Eugene IAFF Local 851 and Springfield IAFF Local 1395 purchased the shirts and fully funded this campaign. No city funds were used, although the effort was supported and endorsed by fire department management. This awareness campaign was endorsed by the International Association of Firefighters by resolution at their last convention.
For more information about the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” Campaign, contact the Eugene IAFF Local 851 office at 541-344-4557.