Local firefighters Brave Enough to Wear Pink

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Assistant Chief Chris Case, CKPFFA Secretary Sidney Vilaranda, Dawn Hamilton of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, Firefighter Barrie Christie, and Assistant Chief Phil Thorburn celebrate the Brave Enough to Wear Pink program.
Assistant Chief Chris Case, CKPFFA Secretary Sidney Vilaranda, Dawn Hamilton of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, Firefighter Barrie Christie, and Assistant Chief Phil Thorburn celebrate the Brave Enough to Wear Pink program.

Chatham-Kent Firefighters recently raised more than $7,500 through their Brave Enough to Wear Pink Campaign.

The $7,672 in proceeds benefitted two organizations which included the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Firefighters Cancer Support Network.

“It was amazing to have people come up and share their story of how this disease has impacted their lives. I never realized the gravity of how many lives breast cancer affected within our community,” Sidney Vilaranda, secretary of the local firefighters’ association, said in a release.

Along with raising money, firefighters helped bag groceries and handed out information about breast cancer awareness at the Real Canadian Superstore and Sobeys every Saturday throughout October.

“We had great support from the community to make it a success,” explained co-lead Barrie Christie.

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