Anaheim PD joins more than 110 public safety agencies in Pink Patch Project during October

By Lou Ponsi

The Anaheim Police Department, for the first time, is joining with more than 110 public safety agencies in the Pink Patch Project, a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association and several public safety agencies throughout the nation. The effort is aimed at raising awareness and funds for breast cancer treatment and research.

Anaheim PD personnel will be wearing pink versions of the department’s uniform patch during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Anaheim Police Association will sell the commemorative collectors patches during October, with all profits going to a local charity, Breast Cancer Angels.

The money will help provide direct financial and emotional assistance for individuals going through breast cancer treatment.

One hundred percent of all donations will go back to the community in which it was raised.

From left, Anaheim PD Deputy Chief Julian Harvey, Support Services Division Commander Shelley McKerren and Chief Raul Quezada show off pink versions of the department patch, which they are wearing as part of their participation in the Pink Patch Project. Photo courtesy of APD

In 2016, participating agencies raised an estimated $320,000, all of which was donated to various foundations that support breast cancer research and awareness.

To purchase the commemorative patches, visit the Anaheim Police Association online store at squareup.com/store/AnaheimPA

Breast Cancer Facts:

Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

Breast cancer can be effectively treated with surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.

More than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States.

For more information, go to pinkpatchproject.com or follow @PinkPatchProject, @AnaheimPoliceAssociation and @AnaheimPD.