Every October, we see NFL and MLB teams don pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Law enforcement agencies throughout California now participate in the Pink Patch Project. This year, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department will join the mission.
A small pink tweak to the uniform patches will let deputies show their support throughout October while supporting breast cancer research. The cloth badges and patches are approved only for the one month, but they are available starting August 14 at the DSA Store. Supplies are limited. A limited number of long and short sleeve shirts will be stocked, but have your patches sewn on while you wait on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Retired members who wish to support the cause may purchase the commemorative patch. All proceeds will support breast cancer research. The patches will not be available to the public at this time.
In October 2015, Irwindale Police Department launched the Pink Patch Project as a grassroots awareness project that quickly expanded to include at least 60 law enforcement agencies in Southern California. San Diego is one of the latest to join the cause. The pink patches are intended to encourage conversation with the community and increase public awareness about the importance of early detection and the ongoing fight against the disease.
Almost all of us know someone impacted by breast cancer, and the department going pink supports members of our community who are battling the disease. Breast cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in women after skin cancer. About one in eight women born in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. Many women survive the diagnosis if the cancer is found and treated early. Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and encourage women as young as age 40 to talk to their doctors about mammograms. Women over 50 should be getting mammograms every two years.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is proud to wear pink during the month of October in recognition of the millions of people who have battled breast cancer.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Each year, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from this disease. Men can also get breast cancer, but it is rare; with less than 1% occurring in men.
Through our Pink Patch Project, we salute the men and women who have fought, are fighting, or will fight against breast cancer. Tremendous advances are being made every day with all types of cancers. Environmental factors, genetic variations, and lifestyle choices are just some of the areas of research being investigated throughout the United States and around the world.
All proceeds from the sale of these patches will be donated to breast cancer research. It is our hope that one cure for cancer will lead to a cure of all cancers.
We believe pink is the color of great strength, determination, and courage. It is an appropriate color for the men and women of this department who help to make San Diego one of the safest urban counties in the nation.
William D. Gore, Sheriff
Remember, starting August 14, you may come into the DSA Store to purchase your patches or shirts with pre-sewn pink patches. You may also chose to have the seamstress switch out your current patches on your normal uniform shirts for a small fee. The commemorative patch sells for just $10. You may speed up your purchase by bringing in a completed order form available. Let’s pink out the department this October.
Pink Patch Project Order Form Posted August 07, 2017
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