Preparing for a Pink October
16, 2013 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the IAFF is encouraging
affiliates to participate in campaigns in support of women and men in their
fight against breast and other cancers.
For 2013, the IAFF is again collaborating with Susan G. Komen® and the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).
IAFF affiliates in the United States that register with Susan G. Komen
Passionately Pink®, receive free resources to support breast cancer awareness
and fundraising campaigns. In the last two years, hundreds of IAFF affiliates
have participated in Komen’s Passionately Pink program. Donations collected by
affiliates through this program are shared equally by Susan G. Komen and the
IAFF Charitable Foundation. Last year, the IAFF was the number-one Passionately
Pink fundraiser nationwide, raising $108,948 in total, with $54,474 donated to
Komen to help support breast cancer research, screening and treatment programs
in local communities and $54,474 donated to the IAFF Charitable Foundation to
help support IAFF members and their dependents battling cancer, as well as the
Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network. For more information on the Passionately
Pink program or to get started, click
here or email
In Canada, for the third consecutive year, the IAFF is working with the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) to help raise funds for breast cancer research
through its CIBC Run for the Cure and other activities. Canadian affiliates can
run or walk 5k or 1k, register a run team under the IAFF national team or help out at a local CIBC run. For more
information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiatives in Canada, contact
Sandy Hamamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org. To
participate in fundraising activities for the CBCF, contact CBCF-IAFF Team
Steward Jennifer Wong at email@example.com.
If your local is participating in any Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities,
the IAFF invites affiliates to share photos and stories from their campaigns.
In addition, the IAFF will hold its annual online “Best Pink T-shirt Design”
contest beginning October 1. Prizes include free registrations to the Vincent J.
Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit and other IAFF conferences. Watch
for more details on the IAFF web site beginning in September.
Click here for the resolution passed at the 2010 IAFF Convention that
supports and encourages IAFF members to develop campaigns to benefit national
and local organizations dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.
IAFF Online Store for breast cancer awareness merchandise to use in your