Join Together to Stop Breast Cancer
in Its Tracks

Never mind capes. Real superheroes wear pink.

It's more than a piece of clothing—it's a statement that you won't stand for the tragic toll breast cancer takes on lives.

Few sights grab the public's eye like a fire fighter dressed in bright pink. But all across the United States and Canada, IAFF members are suiting up in pink to fight breast cancer—just one of the many ways fire fighters show support for the fight against breast cancer.

Get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities this October and support local or national cancer organizations or community hospital cancer-treatment centers. IAFF affiliates in the United States that register with Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink® receive free resources to support their breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaigns (Canadian affiliates, see the information below and click here).

IAFF and the Susan G. Komen Foundation:
A proud tradition, growing stronger every year

IAFF members have a long history of giving selflessly, on and off the job. Because their communities hold them in such high esteem, fire fighters can make a profound impact in the fight against breast cancer and other cancers, and the IAFF urges affiliates to organize local fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Last year, the IAFF was the number-one fundraiser nationwide for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink program, raising a total of $108,948 split equally between Komen (to help support breast cancer research, screening and treatment programs in local communities) and the IAFF Charitable Foundation to help support IAFF members and their families battling cancer. Funds also support 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.

Pictured above, representatives from Susan G. Komen present IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger with a check for the more than $108,000 raised by IAFF affiliates in 2012.

Canadian programs

Last year, Canadian affiliates raised more than $55,000 for breast cancer awareness. Once again, IAFF is working with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) to 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, help out at a local CIBC run or organize a pink T-shirt campaign. (Please note: Due to trademark restrictions, fundraising materials cannot use CBCF or CIBC Run for the Cure logos or slogans.) 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. You can also discover more here.

Rock the pink!

The IAFF encourages affiliates to submit their pink T-shirt designs in the Best Pink T-shirt Design contest. Click here for more information and to upload your T-shirt designs.

The Best Pink T-shirt Design contest is open to all U.S. and Canadian affiliates. Prizes include free registrations to the IAFF Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) held January 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Click here to upload your T-shirt design. Voting begins November 1.

The IAFF also offers various pink merchandise items, including lapel pins, bumper stickers, decals and shirts through the IAFF Online Store (once you're in the Online Store, click on the pink "Breast Cancer Awareness" button on the left side of your screen). And don't forget to wear your own pink T-shirt to promote breast cancer awareness and raise critical funds. For more information, click here.

Please email photos and stories from your breast cancer awareness campaigns to passionatelypink@iaff.org. An upcoming issue of the International Fire Fighter will include highlights from campaigns conducted by affiliates throughout the United States and Canada.