October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.
Rio Rancho firefighters are “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” throughout the month in an effort to increase awareness and raise funds to support cancer research in New Mexico. Fire personnel will be wearing specially-designed t-shirts while on duty throughout October.
Rio Rancho Fire Rescue (RRFR) is committed to helping further awareness and support those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
As with most families, the Rio Rancho Fire Rescue family has been affected by breast cancer. Many of our personnel have had immediate family members diagnosed with this disease.
This is the 9th year that RRFR has participated in this effort, and we are hoping to beat last year’s fund raising efforts.
Pink T-Shirts, Raffle Tickets, and 5k Walk
The pink shirts come in small, medium, and large sizes. The cost for t-shirts is $10 each.
In addition, this year we will be selling raffle tickets for 2 winners to receive a hot-air balloon ride. The cost of the raffle tickets are $2 dollars each or $10 for 6, or $20 for 15 tickets.
On October 22, 2016 we will also be participating in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk. This event will be at Cottonwood mall and is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. RRFR will be displaying their pink fire truck at this event, and our pink shirts will also be available there.
Where to get T-Shirts
• Fire Station 1 (2810 Southern Blvd.)
• Fire Station 7 (641 Rockaway Blvd.)
• Fire Administration Headquarters (1526 Stephanie Road), during business hours