Havelock gets help from Poland in fight against breast cancer

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Havelock Fire and Rescue Department personnel do their part for a video for CarolinaEast Health Systems’ MEDLINE dance video contest to raise money for breast cancer patients. The video won first in the state and 19th overall, and gained attention all the way in Poland.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 04:42 PM.

Apparently in Poland, they are Brave Enough to Wear Pink, too.

The Havelock Fire and Rescue Department’s campaign to raise money to support breast cancer patients reached the fire department in Kurow, Poland, where members purchased pink T-shirts and created their own music video in support of Havelock’s effort.

The Havelock department joined with CarolinaEast Health System to produce a video in the MEDLINE pink glove dance competition. That video got 7,512 votes, taking the top spot in North Carolina and finishing 19th overall.

 “The awareness raised for the need to support our neighbors who have been or will be diagnosed with cancer has been enhanced dramatically,” said Megan McGarvey, director of public relations for CarolinaEast Health Systems.

In the video, members of the fire department, hospital workers and cancer survivors joined together wearing the city’s pink shirts and pink surgical gloves to dance to Bruno Mars’ popular song “Treasure.” The video was filmed at the Havelock Fire Department’s West End Station and in front of CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

“I think it really shows the involvement of the community and their support for the cause, and also it was great to have Havelock and the hospital working together,” said Rick Zaccardelli, chief of the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department.

The department began selling the pink T-shirts and hats for $20 each last month in its Brave Enough to Wear Pink campaign. The goal was to raise $20,000 for the Havelock Fire and Rescue Cancer Fund, which is managed by the CarolinaEast Foundation. The department is scheduled to present a check to the foundation for $21,440 at 3 p.m. today at the West End Fire Station.

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