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Preparing for a Pink October

August 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 passionatelypink@iaff.org.

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 shamamoto@iaff.org. To participate in fundraising activities for the CBCF, contact CBCF-IAFF Team Steward Jennifer Wong at jwong@cbcf.org.

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.

Visit the IAFF Online Store for breast cancer awareness merchandise to use in your fundraising campaigns.

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