September 17, 2021
PELHAM, Alabama --- The Pelham Fire Department will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by painting city fire hydrants pink in October. For a $100 donation, you can sponsor a fire hydrant. All proceeds go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.
The fundraiser is now in its 10th year. In 2011, Pelham firefighter Buddy Ingleright and Robin Wilkinson, administrative assistant to the fire chief, were brainstorming ways to raise awareness about breast cancer. “Breast cancer is something that is near and dear to firefighter Ingleright’s heart because his mother is a survivor,” said Wilkinson. “When the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama reached out for support, Buddy and I went to (former) Fire Chief Danny Ray for his blessing.” The fundraiser was born and has grown annually.
In 2018, Wilkinson, herself, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. She has been cancer-free for three years now.
From now until the end of October, anyone can donate $100 dollars to sponsor a fire hydrant in honor of, or in memory of someone who has battled the disease. A sign will be placed by the hydrant with the name of the person being honored. “The fire hydrants will remain pink until January when the fire department performs annual maintenance,” said Wilkinson.
Firefighters will wear special t-shirts in October to support the cause. A limited number are available to the public for purchase. The cost is $15.
You may donate in person at Station One, located at 3162 Pelham Parkway, adjacent to the Pelham Police Department. Cash and checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA). The donation is tax deductible. Out-of-town donors may mail a check to the Pelham Fire Department, c/o Pink Hydrant Fundraiser, P.O. Box 1419, Pelham, Alabama 35124.
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