Police officers, firefighters and a firetruck don pink to fight cancer

The Pink Heals Tour is a chance for public service men to take off their blue shirts and “put on the pink” to support their women in the battle against cancer, said Sean Lowe, Logan City firefighter and paramedic.Lowe is the organizer behind the event that was held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwoods Conference Center in South Logan. A national campaign with its theme “Cares Enough to Wear Pink,” takes a tour all around the country with pink fire trucks, promoting cancer awareness and support for women and their battle with cancer.Logan City Fire Department and Police Department came together, all wearing pink, with the goal to raise $5,000, Lowe said, by donations and the selling of shirts and bracelets. He said since the public service sector is a male dominated profession, this gives them a chance to show support for the women in their lives.”We wear blue 365 days a year so it’s a time for men to wear pink. It’s a two-fold thing, we take care of our women, and they will take care of us,” Lowe said.Logan Mayor Randy Watts signed a proclamation saying that Logan City is joining Cares Enough to Wear Pink as its own independent chapter. Lowe said now the city will be able to have its own events and fundraisers instead of having to plan around the national tour. He said the next step is to get their own pink fire truck.The national pink fire truck is a “living memorial” for cancer survivors, Lowe said. Survivors sign the truck that goes around the nation and he said it will give hope and awareness to other people as they are going through their own battles.Utah has the second-lowest screening rating for breast cancer, and according to the Utah Health Department, one in eight women will get cancer. Lowe said those odds are not acceptable, and this event was a way to educate the public on where they can get screenings and why it is so important.Lapriel Clark, director of nursing services at the Bear River Health Department, said women should take screenings more seriously, even if there is no history of breast cancer in their families. She got her first mammogram at the age of 48 and was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said she kept putting off her appointments because she wasn’t worried.”Luckily I went and got screened when I did or I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you today. I am 11 years out and it has not come up again, but I still get checked every year,” Clark said.Women should get yearly check-ups starting at age 40 and probably earlier if there is history of breast cancer in the family, Clark said. The Bear River Health Department offers free or low-cost testing, depending on eligibility, so money shouldn’t be an issue when deciding to schedule an appointment.”Some people worry about cost, but that is what our program is for, so they don’t have to,” Clark said.The event offered educational booths from the hospitals in the valley and the health department. Jescee Adams, health promotion specialist for Bear River Health, said women may have misconceptions about screenings which is why they don’t get checked. She said education on the subject is important.

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