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Village of Lombard Firefighters recently presented a $2,465 check to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cancer Care Center to help purchase wigs for women in treatment.
The proceeds were raised through a pink shirt campaign run by the Lombard Fire Department which allowed firefighters to voluntarily purchase and wear the shirts throughout the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The shirts were also available for public purchase and a group photo was taken of residents and firefighters wearing their pink shirts at Lombard Fire Department’s Open House on October 7. The Lombard Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 3009 provided additional donations, which were included in the final total.
“We wanted our proceeds from the shirt sales to stay local because we want to benefit the community that we serve,” said Firefighter Bob Hopper, who helped to organize the annual fundraiser. “We felt that the Good Samaritan Cancer Care Center was the perfect place to donate to because of its relationship with Lombard residents.”
Good Samaritan Hospital provides services to Lombard residents and works closely with the Lombard Fire Department. The Cancer Care Center offers a comprehensive and integrated cancer program, which includes state of the art medical treatment as well as wig services. The American Cancer Society partnered with Good Samaritan Hospital in 2012 to open the Wig Boutique. According to the American Cancer Society, the Wig Boutique is estimated to provide 50 patient wigs on a yearly basis, support materials and PHM post cancer treatment. Since opening, the boutique has been solely funded from community support with the largest contributors being from the Lombard Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 3009, and the Downers Grove Fire Fighter Union IAFF Local 3234.
Residents wishing to participate in next year’s pink shirt event should email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when shirts become available for purchase in 2016. For more information please contact Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell at 630-620-5761.