Annual Fundraiser for Pink Heals Hits Record Numbers

By Katie Heck

Each year in October, several local fire departments raise funds for Pink Heals through the purchase of special Breast Cancer Awareness shirts, available to the public for purchase and worn by fire personnel throughout the month of October. The annual fundraiser, organized by LAFCRD Firefighter Paramedic Sarah Goldstein, has raised over $10,000 for the Pink Heals organization since 2017. Inspired by her mother’s battle with breast cancer, Sarah designs a new shirt each year to help make a difference in the lives of others. “When someone is diagnosed with a serious illness, they need a strong support system to encourage them to keep fighting,” states Goldstein. “We are here to show our love and support.”

This year’s fundraiser has hit new records, thanks to the involvement of several surrounding fire districts; Iona McGregor, San Carlos Park, South Trail, Captiva Island, and the City of Fort Myers. Although the color and front logo on the shirt varies by department, the design on the back is the same and signifies the support for Pink Heals and cancer warriors. This year, thanks to the support of each fire department and their community members, over $10,300 was raised for Pink Heals!

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