Township of Langley firefighters including (left to right) Jhim Burwell, Dave Pare, Garrett Steeple, Colin Saurette, Rob Kabaroff, Mike Duthie, Cody Hopkins, and Alastair Ohs — who have just passed their one year probation and received their badges as career firefighters — put on pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

Langley firefighters go pink

Crews participate in October campaign against Breast Cancer

This month, Township of Langley firefighters will join firefighters across North America by wearing pink to support the fight against breast cancer and other cancers.

“Firefighters are motivated to get involved for many reasons — and often it is because they have been personally affected by the disease,” said Langley Township Captain Brian Ulle.

“We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give. No breast cancer patient should go without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure.”

Each year in October, individuals and organizations celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink.

The campaign raises awareness about the disease and encourages the public to make donations that will help provide education, early detection services, research, and support services.

Breast cancer will affect one in nine women in their lifetime, and it is estimated that 23,800 women and 200 men will be diagnosed with the disease in Canada this year.

“Because firefighters are exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job, they are disproportionately diagnosed with cancer. We know the toll this disease can take,” Ulle said.

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