Through local initiatives, the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors committee received $5,000 from the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association and Waxahachie Fire Department on Wednesday morning.

The first check presentation came at the conclusion of the monthly Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association and after Dinah Weable shared a quick recap of the 14th annual Pink Ribbons and Heart Luncheon.

Dinah said the luncheon, held on Oct. 6, honored approximately 285 cancer survivors in Ellis County at the First United Methodist Church.

“We are fast outgrowing our facility, and that’s a good problem to have,” Dinah said. “It’s so nice to have donors to help make this possible.”

A $1,000 in profits from the Diva Pink Night Out Sip 'N Stroll, hosted by the WDMA, were donated to the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Committee. Railport Brewing Company also played a significant role with the fundraiser event and will present a check at a later date.

Members of the Waxahachie Fire Department No. 2 presented the second check that totaled $4,000. Waxahachie firefighter Ed Konick, who also serves as the vice president of the Waxahachie Firefighters Association, said the department has donated toward the local breast cancer organization for 12 years through pink t-shirt sales.

“They are one of our largest donors,” Ray Weable said. “The main thing why they started with us is to keep the money here.”

Konick explained the department donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for many years before they focused funds on the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Committee. Konick also said the other half of the money raised from the pink t-shirts benefits local firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer.

Konick noted there have been several firefighters over the years who have battled cancer.

According to a previous Daily Light article, the WFD sold approximately $20,000 in pink t-shirts and collected $8,000 to donate to local charities and nonprofits.

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