Cordova Fire Dept. participating in ‘Black Out Breast Cancer’ program
by Elane Jones
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Cordova Fire & Rescue volunteers Amanda Hodge and Brandy Tidwell and Cordova Fire Chief Dean Harbison show off the “Black Out Breast Cancer” T-shirt the department is selling to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Cordova Fire & Rescue volunteers Amanda Hodge and Brandy Tidwell and Cordova Fire Chief Dean Harbison show off the “Black Out Breast Cancer” T-shirt the department is selling to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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During the month of October, the Cordova Fire Department will be selling custom designed pink and black T-shirts to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama’s “Black Out Breast Cancer” campaign.

Cordova Fire Chief Dean Harbison said these special T-shirts are available for sale at the Cordova Fire Department located in the old Cordova High School Gym.

The department will also be selling T-shirts at the Cordova High School homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 5.

The cost of the shirts is $15 for short-sleeve and $20 for long-sleeve. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each T-shirt will help the foundation provide the seed money required to compete for sustaining, national grants for breast cancer research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center in Birmingham.

UAB has been able to generate $16 million in grant funding from the “seed money” provided by the BCRFA, which has been instrumental in significant treatments that are now reaching women across the United States.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama was formed in 1996 with the goal of establishing and expanding breast cancer research labs at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. With support from corporations and individuals, the foundation has raised nearly $3.5 million for research into this devastating disease.

The BCRFA pink T-shirt campaign was originally sparked by the grass-roots fundraising efforts of several creative fire departments in 2010, and in 2011 the campaign went statewide, and the T-shirt color was changed from pink to black, in keeping with the “Black Out Breast Cancer” theme.

“These firefighters are experienced lifesavers and we are grateful that they are devoting so much to saving lives through breast cancer research,” said Dolly O’Neal, co-founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. “The firefighters share the BCRFA’s passion for keeping the money raised in the state of Alabama, to help attract the best and brightest researchers. Our mission is to find a cure for this devastating disease, black it out forever, so that our children will not know the impact breast cancer has had on previous generations.”

For more information regarding BCRFA events, or to get involved with the BCRFA, contact the BCRFA office at (205) 996-5463 or visit the website at www.bcrfa.org.