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Friday, October 15, 2021 3:40 PM

Pink Patch Project helps law enforcement raise funds during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Giving Back
Women’s Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and local law enforcement officers are wearing pink versions of their uniform patches to help raise awareness.

The patches will be worn by 16 Valley agencies, including the Fresno, Clovis, Kerman and Reedley police departments, and the Fresno and Madera County Sheriff’s departments. Each pink patch has been uniquely designed for each department.

Second most common cancer among women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. In 2018 (the latest year incident data was available), 254,744 new cases of female breast cancer were reported in the United States, and 42,465 women died of the disease.

“As you see the pink patches as we travel throughout the Valley, it’s a reminder of how important early detection is,” says Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims. “So you go and you keep your doctor’s appointments, you go and you keep your mammogram appointments, and when you go, you tell them the Sheriff sent you.”

Purchase your own Pink Patch

You can join law enforcement’s awareness efforts by purchasing your own pink patch through the end of October. One-hundred percent of the proceeds stays local to support patients at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center.

Located at Clovis Community Medical Center, the Radin Breast Care Center offers genetic testing, 3D diagnostics, cancer care and reconstructive surgery — all in one place — using the most advanced technology available.