WAXAHACHIE — Firefighters are gearing up to assist in the fight against cancer with the Waxahachie Fire Department's annual "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" t-shirt campaign.

Sales begin Friday.

“We have several members in the department that have fought cancer before and that are currently fighting cancer,” Waxahachie Firefighters Association President Capt. Josh Anderson said. “We all work together to raise funds to help our fellow firefighters and our community to make them aware of the dangers of cancer so they can get checked.”

Anderson stated the design of this year’s shirt recognizes those who are undergoing treatment for cancer and who have passed away from the disease. The words “love” and “honor” are inscribed on each side of a Maltese Cross located on the back of the shirt, paying tribute to the two groups.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 252,710 new cases for women and 2,470 cases for men of invasive breast cancer diagnosed this year alone.

The funds raised through the shirt sales benefit two groups.

The first is the Dinah Weable Pink Ribbons and Hearts Committee and its benevolent fund. The committee hosts a free luncheon in honor of breast cancer survivors and their immediate caregivers to encourage those who are undergoing treatment. The committee also raises funds to supply mammograms — free of charge — to people who cannot afford or who don’t have insurance.

The association's benevolent fund is the second recipient and is not just limited to firefighters and their families, as it has supported retired firefighters, also. Since 2008, the benevolent fund has paid out a little more than $33,000, which has helped people who are undergoing treatment easing the burden they are carrying.

The shirts will be sold at each of the three fire stations as well as the department’s fire administration building for $15 each. The stations are located at 408 W. Main St., 1601 Cleaver St., and 200 YMCA Dr. The administration building is located at 407 Water St. Shirts range in sizes from small to 3X and 1,500 will be available for purchase.

Firefighters plan to have shirts available for purchase at the Waxahachie Independent School District’s annual Pink Out football game. The game is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Lumpkins Stadium. A live remote broadcast with KBEC 1390 is also planned but no date has been set at this time.

Anderson also thanked the public for its continued support of this campaign each year that goes to help many people.

For more information about the shirt sales, Anderson can be reached by email at JAnderson@waxahachiefire.org.