VERONA, NJ - Hoping to encourage early detection to fight against Breast Cancer, Verona PBA Local 72 will be raising awareness by prominently displaying pink accessories with their uniforms throughout the month of October.
The initiative began with Verona Officer Robert Shafer, a PBA member who is encouraging his co-workers to make the most out of their community visibility.
“We are out there every day, patrolling the streets,
helping people, driving in marked police cars, in full uniform.
We are hard to miss”, said Shafer.
“We can use that visibility to get a message out there.”
Additionally, the PBA has set up a Facebook page, Verona PBA Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, to continue the initiative.
Verona PBA President Anthony Condorelli said,
“We want to do our part to raise awareness,
so when Brother Shafer came up with this great idea,
the members couldn’t wait to get the accessories
and get started with this campaign.
It’s a great way to get the message of early detection
out there to our community."
The following information is available online:
- What is Breast Cancer?
- What are Breast Cancer symptoms?
- What are the risk factors for Breast Cancer?
- What can I do to reduce my risk of Breast Cancer?
Women of every age should begin by examining their own breasts so that they can be alert for any new lump, pain or change in size. If any development is the least bit concerning, the women should then have their doctor perform a clinical breast exam with their hands.
After the age of 40, women should take every advantage of the use of screening tools including a Mammogram and if needed an MRI. The screening tools are available at hospitals and every medical insurance is now required to cover the cost of screenings No other cost, including co-pays or deductible, can be added to the screening procedure.
“The members of Verona PBA Local 72 are
constantly looking for new ways to help people and
raise money for worthy causes," commented Stern.
"The police department is glad to be a part of the program.”
The shirts are available to the public for $15 each and can be purchased through this link.
The monies raised will be donated to an organization devoted to fighting breast cancer.
Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern
Detective Anthony Condorelli
Verona Police Department
600 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044