OSWEGO, NY – In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Oswego Fire Department has partnered with Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program to help get its campaign off to a colorful start.
“It was a pleasant surprise when Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie called to tell me that the Oswego City Fire Department will once again be supporting our efforts by selling pink Oswego Fire Department T-shirts,” said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership. “This is the third year in row that the Oswego City Fire Department has done this for us. Last year, they raised $3,500 for the Cancer Services Program and their goal is to raise even more this year.”
“The Oswego Fire Department Firefighters IAFF Local #126 is proud to be a part of this national effort. IAFF Local #126 is joining with IAFF members across the United States and Canada in suiting up in pink. IAFF affiliates can be effective advocates for breast cancer awareness and prevention. We encourage others to give so that no breast cancer patient goes without the life-saving treatments they need today and the promise of a cure for tomorrow,” said IAFF Local #126 President John Geraci.
“I’m very appreciative of the fact that the Oswego City Fire Department and IAFF Local #126 recognize our efforts and have chosen to support us in this way,” said Handville.
The Oswego Fire Department Pink T-Shirts are $15 and will be available during the open house that the East Side Fire Station will be hosting on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The fire station will be open for tours; there will be lots of fun for the kids with face painting, balloons and free refreshments. Additionally, there will be several demonstrations and presentations and other public safety agencies will be on hand as well,” added Lt. Paul Conzone.
Oswego City Fire Department pink shirts are also available at the East Side Fire Station at 35 E. Cayuga St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. while they last.
All proceeds from the sale of the pink T-shirts will benefit OCO’s Cancer Services Program.
Adminstered by OCO, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age.
For more information on the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County contact Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org
OCO, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.
For more information, visit www.oco.org