Fort Fairfield PD hosts Pink Patch Project

2 years ago

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The Fort Fairfield Police Department is hosting the Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Patch Project for a second year. 

The goal of the project is to increase awareness about the life-saving benefits of early detection and early intervention in the fight against breast cancer. In addition to public education efforts, the department is raising funds from the sale of breast cancer awareness pink uniform patches for the benefit of Pink Aroostook and the Jefferson Cary Foundation mammography fund. 

The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the police department’s uniform patch. These have been specially made so area residents can participate in a breast cancer awareness campaign to promote early detection.  

According to Fort Fairfield Police Chief Matthew Cummings, Fort Fairfield Police Officers are helping to make more area residents aware of early detection.  

“The patches that we’re selling in our fundraising effort are helping to make a difference promoting the importance of early detection and intervention,” Cummings said. 

“A limited supply of only 60 patches are available and may be purchased for $10 each from any police officer in Fort Fairfield and at the Fort Fairfield Town Office. All proceeds from the sale of the pink patches are being split between the Pink Aroostook Project and the Jefferson Cary Foundation, both at Cary Medical Center,” he said.

Pink Aroostook is a breast health program designed for support, advocacy, education and awareness of breast health issues in northern Maine. Pink Aroostook helps connect people diagnosed with breast cancer to local and national resources which may be able to provide financial and emotional support. 

Pink Aroostook has a limited financial support fund available to help Aroostook County residents dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, regardless of where they are receiving treatment. To learn more, visit them on the web at pinkaroostook.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/pinkaroostook, or call Cindy Blanchette, RN, Pink Aroostook Project Coordinator, at 207-498-1364. 

The Jefferson Cary Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps improve health care at Cary Medical Center and throughout Aroostook County. The foundation continually raises funds to upgrade equipment in the Women’s Imaging Center at Cary. 

In 2021 a new state-of-the-art 3D imaging mammography unit was added at the hospital with financial support from the foundation.  For more information, visit their website pages at:  https://www.carymedicalcenter.org/about-cary/jefferson-cary-foundation/ways-to-give/, or call Tamra Kilcollins, executive director, at 207-493-4849.