NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Once again the city fire department is selling blue and pink shirts this year in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Shirts are $20 each and proceeds will benefit local breast cancer awareness and support groups. Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt can call the fire department headquarters at (732) 745-5254.
“Many members of our fire department have seen breast cancer affect the lives of their loved ones, so this was a project that was embraced,” ‘said city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.
The city raised $7,000 during 2015 and 2016 each, which went to the Sisters Network of Central New Jersey, Bradshaw said.
The Somerset-based organization works to provide support and advocacy for African-American women affected by breast cancer.
“We get grant funding through pharmaceutical companies and donations like the New Brunswick Fire Department,” said Dorothy Reed, president and co-founder of the Sisters Network “It’s hard economic times for everyone so when somebody just gives you a donation it’s really a blessing.”
Sources of funding include grants from pharmaceutical companies, 5K walks and donations such as the one from the fire department, Reed said, and a large portion of that money comes from fundraising efforts through October.
One recent program was the network’s 5K Breast Cancer Walk for Life, which was held at Colonia Park in Franklin Township on October 2 and drew out as many as 300 runners, Reed said.
The money goes towards whatever financial needs clients of the Sisters Network have, whether it means buying a newing utilities or affording childcare, Reed said.
“Our group was formed to help underserved women in the community,” Reed said. “You’re missing a lot of work. Some people have to go on disability because you can’t work.”
The city is currently looking at where to donate this year’s proceeds, Bradshaw said, and is considering the Sisters Network, among different local breast cancer support organizations.