Since 2010 the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has encouraged firefighters across the country to participate in campaigns honoring women fighting cancer. RWFD joined the “Firefighters in Pink” campaign this year on behalf of Jeana L. Marks, sister of Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Dopkins, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.
What started as a simple vision of a few firefighters wearing pink t-shirts quickly turned into something much larger. Firefighters started wearing pink on October 1. By October 2 the department was inundated with requests from family, friends and members of the community to purchase t-shirts. 280 shirts have been purchased to date. All proceeds, about $5 per shirt, are being donated to Susan G. Komen, Twin Cities, Friends for the Cure, in honor of Jeana.
Firefighters will retire their pink shirts on October 31 but look for them to return in 2014 when RWFD will once again “Lose the Blue”.