Pink Patch Project helps police fight breast cancer

Pink Patch Project helps police fight breast cancer

Pink police patches are coming to the San Gabriel Valley for a good cause. Cops in San Marino, Sierra Madre and Monrovia will be raising awareness for breast cancer in this year’s Pink Patch Project, which kicks off Thursday.

The Pink Patch Project is a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Chiefs of Police Association (LACPCA) and law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County. During “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in October, participating officers will be wearing these bright pink patches on their uniforms to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Residents can purchase these patches. All proceeds go toward breast cancer research. Each department in this campaign has also partnered with a cancer research organization or support group in their respective communities.

Breast cancer strikes nearly one in eight women throughout their lifetime. Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too.

“The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation within the community and to encourage public awareness in the early detection and fight against this disease,” officials said.

The initiative started last year in Irwindale.

Irwindale Police Chief Anthony Miranda took the program idea to the LACPCA soon after, and other police chiefs were quick to collaborate. Twenty-five Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies will be participating this year. A full list of participating agencies can be found at http://www.pinkpatchproject.com/.  

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