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Firefighters urge public to help ‘Turn Tyler Pink’

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(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) -  To raise awareness of women's cancer, Tyler firefighters urge area public safety officers, businesses, schools and residents to wear pink Oct. 1 to show that "Tyler cares enough to wear pink," according to a news release from the city.

The entire community is invited to come to the downtown square in their pink shirts for the fifth annual "Turn Tyler Pink" event from 5 to 7 p.m.

Beginning Tuesday, "Turn Tyler Pink" shirts, hoodies and baseball caps can be purchased at the Tyler Professional Firefighters booth at the East Texas State Fair Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin; Holiday Inn South Broadway, 5701 S. Broadway; and The Firefighter Combat Challenge Oct. 4 and 5 at the Broadway Square Mall.

 

Tyler firefighters raised more than $10,000 in 2012 for local cancer organizations, the press release stated. The primary method of fundraising is through the sale of the pink and black CARE shirts.

The Tyler firefighters' sale of the pink shirts began in 2008 when the wife of a fellow firefighter was stricken with cancer.  To raise funds to help the family, the department raised $12,000 by selling pink shirts.

In 2009, the effort grew significantly with an event held on the Downtown Square that attracted more than 500 people who wore pink in support of women who are fighting cancer, according to the release.

 

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