WAXAHACHIE — The Waxahachie Firefighters Association and the staff at KBEC 1390 are teaming up again this year to show their support for people battling cancer and cancer survivors. Firefighters will be out at the radio station from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Oct. 14 selling pink T-shirts to raise funds to support people battling cancer.
“Sales are going good, and we still have plenty of shirts. Whenever we do the pink out (game) that is usually when we sell them at the pink out. That is when we get busy with the shirts. So it has been steady,” Firefighters Association Vice President Capt. Josh Anderson said. “The Community has been supportive with of our fire department, and they are coming out and buying the shirts.”
The proceeds from the shirt sales will be split between the Benevolent Fund of the Waxahachie Firefighters Association and the Dinah Weable Pink Ribbons and Hearts Committee. The benevolent fund was previously named the Waxahachie Firefighters Cancer Fund. It was renamed a little bit over a year ago to where it encompasses more hardships and is not just limited to cancer.
"It is not just limited to firefighters and their families. We have helped others throughout the city on different occasions. We have also supported retired firefighters as well,” Firefighters Association President Battalion Chief Don Alexander said previously.
Alexander said the benevolent has paid out a little more than $33,000 since 2008, which has helped people who are undergoing treatment and eased the burden they are carrying.
The Dinah Weable Pink Ribbons and Hearts Committee hosts an annual 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.
T-shirts will be sold for $15 each. Shirts are still available in all sizes at this time. Sizes range from small to 3XL and are unisex. 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 Dr. The shirts will be sold from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week and will be sold until they run out. Purchases can be made with cash or check only. Checks need to be made out to the Waxahachie Firefighters Association.
Anderson said shirts would be available until supplies last. He added that he wanted to thank the community for their continued support over the years of the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink “ T-shirt campaign.
The Waxahachie Fire Association is planning to be a part of the Waxahachie Independent School District Pink Out football game on Oct. 14 at Lumpkins Stadium.
Firefighters will be on hand at the game to sell T-shirts. The game also coincides with breast cancer awareness month that takes place in October. The KBEC 1390 radio station is located at 711 Ferris Ave. in Waxahachie.
Questions about the T-shirt campaign can be sent to Alexander through his email at email@example.com.
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