Red fire engines and navy blue uniforms are what can normally be expected from Langley Township firefighters. But this month, the men and women of the fire department will be donning a different hue - pink.
Throughout October, local emergency responders will be turning out in pink shirts, joining firefighters from across North America in the fight against breast cancer and other cancers.
"Firefighters are motivated to get involved for many reasons - and often it is because they have been personally affected by the disease," said Langley Township captain Brian Ulle. "We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give. No breast cancer patient should go without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure."
Each year in October, individuals and organizations celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink. The campaign raises awareness about the disease and encourages the public to make donations that will help provide education, early detection services, research, and support services.
Breast cancer will affect one in nine women in their lifetime, and it is estimated that 23,800 women and 200 men will be diagnosed with the disease in Canada this year.
"Because firefighters are exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job, they are disproportionately diagnosed with cancer. We know the toll this disease can take," Ulle said. "Your Township of Langley firefighters encourage everyone in this community to participate in breast cancer awareness and prevention activities."
For more information visit cbcf.org.
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