Waxahachie firefighters are gearing up to show their support for people who are fighting cancer through the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign.

Firefighters will be selling pink T-shirts to raise money for cancer research and people battling cancer.

“This is our fifth year for us doing the Cares Enough to Wear Pink campaign. We had tremendous success over the last four years and have had overwhelming response from the community,” Waxahachie Firefighters Association President Capt. Don Alexander said. “We have been able to raise, after expenses, a little over $40,000 over the last four years.”

Alexander said this years T-shirt would incorporate a heart along with the Waxahachie High School colors green and white. Proceeds from the sales of the shirts will be spilt between three different groups.

The first group is the firefighters association cancer fund. This fund assists members of the department and their family members who are battling cancer.

The second group is the Dinah Weable Pink Ribbons and Hearts Committee. Each year the committee hosts a free luncheon in honor of breast cancer survivors and their immediate caregivers with a goal of encouraging those who are going through treatment that there is life after cancer and that cancer can be overcome.

The committee also raises funds to supply mammograms free of charge to people who can’t afford one or who don’t have insurance.

The third group is Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which uses funds toward on research to find a cure for breast cancer

“Shirts will go on sale Sept. 30.  We will sell them until the end of October. By the time the Texas Country Reporter Festival comes around we will have a pretty limited stock available,” Alexander said. “We have ordered 2,500 shirts this year, which is 500 more than we had last year. So hopefully we can do a little better job of meeting the demand. We have sold out every year, but that is a good problem to have.”

Shirts will be sold at all three fire stations from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will be sold until they run out. The cost of the shirts is $12 for sizes small to extra large. Shirts in sizes double to triple extra large can be purchased for $15. People can purchase shirts at station one, located at 407 Water St.; station two, located at 1601 Cleaver St. and station three, located at 200 YMCA Drive.

The association is also planning to be a part of the Waxahachie Independent School District Pink Out football game at Lumpkins Stadium on Friday, Oct. 25.

Alexander said they hope to have a good turnout for the game so they can turn stands pink in color.

Alexander added that he wants to thank the public for their continued support of the association fight against cancer.

Questions about the T-shirt sales may be directed to Alexander at dalexander@waxahachiefire.org.

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