RATHDRUM, Idaho – In the Northern Lakes Fire District, firefighters take breast cancer awareness seriously.
“If you ask everybody in the fire department, they know someone that’s been affected,” Northern Lakes firefighter Amanda Tams said.
Each year, firefighter Luke Michael designs a t-shirt for breast cancer awareness that the firefighters wear every day in October. They also sell the t-shirts to the community and give all the profits to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The money stays local to support breast cancer awareness.
It’s the fourth year the Northern Lakes Fire Department has donned pink in October. Michael said firefighters and community members get excited about the t-shirts every year.
“Our community’s really supportive of it,” Michael said. “Everybody looks forward to this. They get their orders in early because everybody wants to get them before we run out.”
So far, they’ve sold more than 500 t-shirts out of 1,000 printed. If you want to get one, you can visit the Firefighters For A Cure Facebook Page.
In addition to raising money, the firefighters say the t-shirts get worn year-round.
“People wear them almost continuously, so it allows for the month to kind of go on for a little bit longer,” Tams said.