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The Telegram
  • Ilion firefighters go pink for a cause

  • For some of those who have received emergency services from the Ilion Fire Department over the past few days, they may have noticed something different about their uniforms.

    These days, the firefighters are wearing pink T-shirts to show their support for breast cancer awareness.

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  • For some of those who have received emergency services from the Ilion Fire Department over the past few days, they may have noticed something different about their uniforms.
    These days, the firefighters are wearing pink T-shirts to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
    “We support it,” said Lt. Larry DelGrego. “It’s definitely a positive thing.”
    This is the first time the firefighters in Ilion have gone pink to raise awareness of the disease.
    Chief Jim Trevett said he also had a personal reason for wanting to have the department wear the T-shirts, as his sister, Mary Ann Rutter, of Seneca in Ontario County, is a breast cancer survivor.
    Trevett said he received a flyer from the International Association of Firefighters which showed they could have T-shirts printed to show firefighters support breast cancer awareness, which includes a design that has a firefighter’s hose wrapped around one of the symbolic ribbons.
    Trevett said he decided to have the T-shirts printed for his 17 full-time members out of his own pocket, including for some of the retired guys.
    “It’s our family. It affects the guys, our neighbors and friends. Everyone is affected by cancer,” said Trevett.
    According to the IAFF website, the organization “encourages affiliates to organize fundraising and awareness campaigns in support of the fight against breast and other cancers. Over the last several years, IAFF affiliates across North America have participated in events throughout October, prompting a movement to wear and sell pink T-shirts as part of their breast cancer awareness efforts.”
    Trevett said the department is not selling T-shirts this year, but may try doing so next year since they have had many requests for them.
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to WebMD.com, “breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women [12 percent] will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women [lung cancer is first]. The American Cancer Society estimates in 2012, about 226,870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 39,510 will die from breast cancer.”
    It also states “only 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer cases are ‘sporadic,’ meaning there is no direct family history of the disease. The risk for developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages.”

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