Proceeds from sales of shirts go to help cancer patients

The Havelock Fire and Rescue Department is starting its sixth year of Brave Enough to Wear Pink T-shirt sales to raise money to benefit area cancer patients.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the T-shirts are pink for the month, but the funds can help patients with any type of cancer.

This year’s T-shirt design is a spinoff from the World War II character Rosie the Riveter.

“The designer did a really good job,” firefighter/paramedic Charlie Winter said of Boardwalk Screen Printing in Morehead City. “It’s important that we sell, sell, sell. We’ve got to get as much money back as we possibly can.”

The shirts are $20 each. Proceeds go the department’s Cancer Care Fund, managed by the CarolinaEast Foundation.

Last year, the department sold $17,470 worth of shirts.

“We sell them all over the world,” Assistant Chief Steve Coffey said.

The firefighters say raising money through the T-shirt sale is a team effort. For example, they site Select Custom Apparatus for creating banners that advertise the campaign.

“They do a lot of work for us. They deserve a lot of credit,” Coffey said.

The money goes from the fund directly to cancer patients to help pay for uninsured costs associated with treatment. It can cover everything from prescription medicine to gas cards, wigs for chemotherapy patients and hotel rooms.

“We raise the money and all of the money is turned over to the foundation. We don’t have anything to do with who gets what,” Coffey said. “I’m just glad to see it being used the way it was originally intended to be.”

The fire department will be selling shirts at Walmart on Saturday and on Oct. 10 as well as at the Havelock Chili Festival on Oct. 16 and 17.

Shirts can also be purchased at Havelock’s West End Fire Station at the entrance to Tucker Creek.

Businesses can purchase shirts and arrange for a fire truck to be on hand when workers wear the shirts.

For more information or to purchase shirts, call 444-3753.