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Dubuque Fire Department raises money for breast cancer treatment

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – The Dubuque Fire Department is showing support for breast cancer awareness through a fundraiser.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And this month, the 25th chapter of the Dubuque Fire Department showed support by selling t-shirts.

The t-shirts show the Dubuque Fire Department logo with a pink breast cancer ribbon. A portion of those sales were donated to the Wendt Regional Cancer Center; the chapter raised over $2,000.

And while fire fighters are known for their macho-physique, fire fighter, Elliot McAllister, said that they are not afraid to rock some pink uniforms.

“I think people will sometimes get a kick out of firefighters wearing the pink shirts. But it does bring that to the forefront of us,” said McAllister. “When we’re out in the community, as opposed to that dominant red or black, or whatever they see, they’ll see pink and they’ll think, ‘Wow, they’re on board with their community above and beyond what the fire department typically does.”

This is the second year the fire department has ran the fundraiser. And they plan on continuing to sell more shirts next fall.

A representative from Finely Hospital said that the money raised will be used towards purchasing breast cancer treatments and equipment.

While t-shirt sales are now over, the Wendt Regional Cancer Center is always accepting donations.


Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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