EDISON, NJ – Edison IAFF Local 1197 fire fighters are helping to fight a different battle. During the month of October, Edison fire fighters are sporting the color pink in efforts to fight breast and other cancers.
Fire fighters exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job are disproportionately diagnosed with breast cancer, just one of many cancers linked to the work fire fighters do.
One in eight women is diagnosed each year with breast cancer and an estimated 232,340 new cases of breast cancer and 39,620 deaths will be reported for 2013. Among all women affected, 85 percent have no family history.
From October 1 to 31, 2014 Edison Firefighters will wear specially designed pink T-Shirts to raise money for the LIVESTRONG at the Y of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy.
Cancer survivors benefit from the LIVESTRONG programs at the YMCA, combined with a free 12 week membership to aid in recovery.
The YMCA has been called to respond to the growing body of evidence that suggests that physical activity and healthy eating are a critical part of living with cancer.
“This is the third year the firefighters are wearing pink to raise money for Breast cancer” stated Robert Yackel, President of the Edison Firefighters Association. “Janice Garbolino, a mother of a firefighter, lost her battle with breast cancer in 2002. She was an employee of the YMCA in Metuchen. The firefighters felt that this year all the proceeds should be donated in her name to the LiveSTRONG program at the YMCA”.
The shirts cost $20 and they are available to everyone. Firefighters will be available at the Metuchen YMCA on High Street in the coming weeks. Dates and times will be posted at the YMCA and also on the Edison NJ Firefighters IAFF Local 1197 Facebook page and web site.