During the month of October, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Deputies will wear uniforms with pink patches to support breast cancer awareness.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 2, 2019
Contact: Erin Opsahl
DEPUTIES WEAR PINK PATCHES DURING OCTOBER TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
SUMMIT COUNTY, CO –During the month of October, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Deputies will wear uniforms with pink patches to support breast cancer awareness. The Pink Patch Project (PPP) is a collaborative effort with hundreds of public safety agencies throughout the nation designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the fight against the disease. The Pink Patch Project centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s uniform patches. Public safety employees from these agencies will be wearing these bright pink patches on their uniforms in lieu of their regular shoulder patches during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversations with the community and to raise public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer. Each public safety agency in the PPP program manages their participation locally and independently, in a way that best fits their particular community.
Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons shared, “Breast cancer has personally affected my own family. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women (besides skin cancer), and the second most common cause of cancer death in women. Therefore, it is so important to raise public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer. That is why I am honoring the women in my family and my community by participating in the Pink Patch Project and proudly displaying the pink patch on our uniforms throughout October.”
Summit County Sheriff’s Office pink patches will be available to the public for a suggested donation of $15.00. Donations received for the pink patches will go towards supporting local care and patients’ needs through the Breast Cancer Fund at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. Those interested in obtaining a pink patch should either swing by the Sheriff’s Office located at 501 N. Park Avenue in Breckenridge or mail a check or money order made payable to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Attention Erin Opsahl at P.O. Box 210, Breckenridge, CO 80424.