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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


                   MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, in cooperation with the County Health Department, is once again supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. October is breast cancer awareness month and the men and women of the Fire/EMS Department will do our very best to highlight that one in eight women will develop breast cancer and every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer, not only effects women, but a percentage of men as well. Approximately 1,600 men will become breast cancer victims with about 400 diagnoses resulting in death. Though much research and strides have been made to cure the disease, much more research is needed to aid in the education and prevention to help save lives from this type of cancer.

Last year’s PINK PGFD awareness efforts generated nearly $13,000 in funds that were donated to various organizations in support of breast cancer research. The majority of these funds were raised through the sale of pink t-shirts. How did we do in 2013??

This year, Firefighter/Medics have the option of exchanging their blue uniform shirts for a pink shirt to help the awareness and demonstrate our support. In addition, the Fire/EMS Department is going PINK in a BIG BIG way..  We will unveil a big PINK surprise that is sure to catch the eye of everyone that has the opportunity to see it. Literally, tons of PGFD PINK will be on display.

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE – unveiling and display of the “PGFD PINK” that is sure to “drive” Breast Cancer Awareness to new levels.

WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2012, 1:00 pm

WHERE: District Heights Community Fire/EMS Station, 5900 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD

WHO: Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, County Council Member Karen Toles, PGFD PINK committee members, Firefighter/Medics (wearing PINK uniforms), survivors, engineers of PGFD PINK as well as other civic and elected leaders.

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