BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Bridgeport Firefighters raised more than $6,300 dollars for breast cancer research by buying and wearing pink t-shirts on the job. For $20.00 the firefighters could buy the specially made t-shirt and they could pay $5.00 every time they wore the shirt on their shift. A little friendly competition fired up the fundraising and in four short weeks they collected at total of $6,363.00 to be given directly to the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.
“Breast cancer is something that impacts all of our families, and has even affected members of our own family of firefighters,” said Bridgeport Fire Chief Richard Thode. “This effort to give back to the community and fund early detection and research efforts for breast cancer is something our firemen and women enthusiastically got behind. We will continue to make efforts to be charitable in our community and I suspect that when we do this fundraiser again next year we will easily beat our donation totals for this year.”
“I am so grateful for all of the effort and generosity of the Firefighters of Bridgeport for supporting the work we do to keep our community healthy and educated about breast cancer,” said Dr. Donna Twist, Executive Director of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center. “These funds will actually be able to help our community directly – it is the equivalent of providing 50 women who otherwise could not afford it with free mammograms which as we know can save lives. There are women in Bridgeport who are underserved by the healthcare system and our goal is to make sure they too participate in early detection for breast cancer and education about this disease. On behalf of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center we thank the Bridgeport Fire Department for this substantial gift and we are so appreciative of your partnership and caring.”
The Fire Chief promised next year’s effort to raise money will be even bigger and better than this year. Bridgeport firefighters were inspired to raise their own donations for breast cancer research and prevention following their participation in Bridgeport’s first annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk that took place in Seaside Park October 23, 2016. More information on how to donate to the Norma Pfriem Breast Center can be found online: