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August 19, 2012

Firefighters selling pink T-shirts for local mammogram scholarships

— Athens Fire and Rescue Fire Inspector Jason Strickland proudly wears pink.

“My mother and aunt are both breast cancer survivors,” Strickland said. “I wear pink bracelets for them, and I’ll wear our Fire Department breast cancer shirts for them.”

Each year in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, firefighters wear breast cancer awareness T-shirts.

The public can join them.

Athens Fire and Rescue Auxiliary currently has breast cancer awareness T-shirts for sale. This year the auxiliary has partnered with the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation to sell the shirts to raise money for the foundation’s mammogram scholarship program.

Any Limestone County woman whose doctor has authorized a mammogram at Athens-Limestone Hospital and who does not have insurance or whose insurance will not cover the cost of a mammogram can apply for a $125 scholarship so she can have the procedure.

This year’s T-shirts are pink or navy and come in short or long sleeve. The back logo is a fire hose in the shape of the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon. The front logo is the foundation’s pink elephant incorporated into the Athens Fire logo. The pink elephant is a reminder that breast cancer shouldn’t be the elephant in the room no one talks about because education is key to battling the disease.

The T-shirts are available at City Hall on the second floor of Athens Utilities on Wilkinson Street or at the Athens-Limestone Hospital gift shop. Cost is $15 for short sleeve and $20 for long sleeve. Sizes small to 3X are available.

For more information about purchasing a T-shirt, contact Dawn Blakely at 256-233-8711 or email Holly Hollman at hhollman@athensal.us.

For more information about the mammogram scholarship program, call 256-233-9158.

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