Police, firefighters join campaign against cancer

It's great to see so many people involved in public safety taking on a women's health issue.

The Bluffton Township Fire District Auxiliary will hold its second annual Lowcountry Rockin' the Pink Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday at the Bluffton High School track and field area. Registration is $30 and can be completed at www.lowcountryrockinthepink.com, where event information also is available.

In northern Beaufort County, firefighters with the Burton and the Lady's Island-St. Helena fire districts will wear pink T-shirts throughout October in recognition of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an event founded 27 years ago to urge women to get annual mammograms. The firefighters paid for the shirts themselves, and the shirts will be sold in limited quantities to firefighters and their families, department officials said.

That campaign began just days after Beaufort Police Deputy Chief Dale McDorman got a pink hair extension, which he will wear this month in honor of his cousin, who successfully battled breast cancer, and his aunt, who died from it.

McDorman also is raising money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society through donations and pledges of $1 or more for each day this month that he keeps in the hair extension. Butler Auto Group and general manager Tim Stewart have pledged to give $50 every day, McDorman said.

These public servants are joined in their efforts by other departments across the country, as well as players, referees and coaches in the National Football League, who are sporting pink hats, cleats, gloves and wristbands to show their support. Also joining the effort are district judges from Corpus Christi, Texas, who opted to don pink robes this month.

Closer to home, the nonprofit Carolina Cups organization last week conducted LoCo Motion, a three-day, 30-mile event in which participants walked or ran 10 miles each day. Proceeds will go to several regional cancer organizations, including Beaufort Memorial Hospital's Keyserling Cancer Center, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services and the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Every dollar raised for breast cancer research and every woman made aware of the value of early detection brings us closer to thwarting this disease. Our firefighters and police officers are to be commended for helping this cause.

As if we didn't have enough to thank them for already.