For several years the Dodge County Sheriff’s office has hosted campaigns aimed at raising funds to support those suffering from numerous forms of cancer.
In 2015, more than $1,500 was raised in support of pediatric cancer awareness and in 2016, more than $2,200 was raised for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Dodge County during the Office’s No Shave November campaign, which actually extended through the end of December in an effort to maximize fundraising efforts.
Funds from the 2016 campaign were divided equally between the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Dodge County.
Starting in October, the Sheriff’s Office and FOP Lodge No. 17 are diving headfirst into a new fundraising campaign that will benefit and support those battling breast cancer. No Shave November is generally viewed as a movement to support men’s cancer, and the new campaign, the Pink Patch Project, will bring awareness and support to breast cancer prior to this year’s No Shave November campaign.
The Pink Patch Project (#PinkPatchProject) is an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease, information off of the Pink Patch Project webpage says.
Originating in Irwindale, Calif., the Pink Patch Project consists of members of law enforcement and similar fields wearing pink patches that draw attention to the important issue at hand.
Det. Craig Harbaugh said during a Friday interview with the Tribune that the Sheriff’s Office is one of five Nebraska organizations that he knows of participating.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit Project Pink’d, a volunteer-powered charitable 501©(3) organization dedicated to helping survivors thrive by supporting the mind, body and spirit of those diagnosed with breast cancer in Nebraska and Western Iowa.
Project Pink’d supports survivors’ emotional, physical and financial well-being by equipping them with the tools, resources and a strong local network of support.
One of these helpful tools is providing survival kits for those in treatment; which includes blankets, personal care items and aroma therapy treatment.
“People’s senses can get all distorted during chemotherapy so a lot of these kits are designed to make treatment more tolerable,” Harbaugh said.
During October, participating deputies will wear special black uniforms so that the patch stands out and draws positive attention.
“What better way to show our support for breast cancer than to redesign our patch and incorporate the breast cancer ribbon?” Harbaugh asked.
The public is encouraged to get involved by purchasing a $10 patch from the Sheriff’s Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All proceeds go to Project Pink’d and anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Sgt. Dustin Weitzel at 402-727-2700 Ext. 504.
If sales are good, the fundraiser could continue into November and December – which would be great, Harbaugh said.
Participating in fundraisers that make a big difference in people’s lives is something the DCSO has really become accustomed to.
“We always try to be very community minded,” Harbaugh said.