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Fayette EMS pretty in pink

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 1:01 a.m.
Fayette EMS is supporting October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sponsoring a T-shirt sale with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pittsburgh Affiliate. To purchase a shirt at the Connellsville station, contact Julie Peters at 724-628-8610, ext. 320. Lori C. Padilla | For the Daily Courier

If you see any Fayette EMS personnel and wonder about their out-of-the-ordinary attire, they are all wearing bright pink T-shirts throughout October to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pittsburgh Affiliate.

“Last year, our employees wore the pink T-shirts for breast cancer awareness in October and when they were out in the community, they got so many questions from people who wanted to get one that this year we're selling them to the public,” said Rick Adobato, Fayette EMS chief. “The money will then be given to breast cancer research.

“I was shocked at the number of people who asked for them,” he continued. “The employees took the idea and ran with it. The tables in our learning center are now stacked high with pink shirts.”

“All of our employees are wearing the shirts the whole month of October,” said Julie Peters, assistant chief. “People will see us out in our pink shirts instead of our uniform shirts. Our shirts have the Fayette EMS logo and the star of life with the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon on the right front chest, and on the back it also has the star of life with the pink ribbon.”

The T-shirts are being sold to the public for $15 each with proceeds then being donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pittsburgh Affiliate.

Several Fayette EMS employees have gotten free breast exams through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure voucher program, that is how the employees decided which breast cancer organization to support with this project.

“We have sizes ranging from small to 4X,” Peters said. “People can call me at 724-628-8610, ext. 320, to buy a shirt. The information for ordering is also on our Facebook page and online at our website www.fayetteems.com. For those who see one of us out somewhere or in a hospital or at a station, they can also give us an order at that time; all of our employees are involved with the shirt sale.”

She said they also take donations from those who don't want to buy a shirt.

“The goal is to send as much money as possible to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It is a good cause. Breast cancer has touched quite a few of our employees and their families,” Peters said. “We know survivors and people who have been lost to it. We see a lot of it and the effects of it. We see a lot of negative. We want to do something positive that can help our communities.”

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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