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Local firefighters wearing pink to help raise cancer awareness

By Staff | Oct 25, 2010

Monday was the first of three consecutive days that Cape Coral firefighters will be wearing pink duty shirts in honor of the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” days campaign.
Firefighters nationwide have set Oct. 25-27 aside to wear the color pink to help raise awareness of all types of cancer for women.
Cape Coral firefighter Brendan Fonock said Mayor John Sullivan issued a proclamation in support of the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign last week to honor all women and recognize the need to come together and help with the fight against cancer.
“It is great to have the city’s support for the great awareness campaign,” Fonock said.
All the firefighters at Station #1 wore pink shirts during their shifts Monday to honor women of the community. Engineer Darrell Merrifield took it a step further and wore bright pink shoes in memory of his aunt who he lost to cancer. Cape Coral firefighters will continue to wear pink shirts during their shifts today and Wednesday.
“I had to do a little something extra,” Merrifield said.
Fonock said wearing pink helps spread the importance of women having their check-ups done.
“It shows how we really care to put an end to cancer,” Fonock said.
Lt. Greg Lacoste said he also believes in the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” days because it shows his support.
“I am all for this and will do whatever we can do to help out,” he said.
The campaign is in addition to The Guardians of the Ribbon Pink Heals Tour, which made a stop in Cape Coral on Sept. 26. The Cape Coral Professional Firefighters L2424, in conjunction with The Guardians of the Ribbon, raised $6,430.45 during that event.