The Reno Fire and Police Departments are raising money for ‘Moms on the Run’ by selling pink shirts during the month of October.
Moms on the Run assists local breast and gynecological cancer patients during their treatments.
Standard T-shirts are $10, women’s-style shirts are $14, long-sleeve shirts are $19.99, and hoodies are $29.99. A variety of sizes are available, including youth sizes. The pink gear also makes a great gift. To order an RFD shirt or hoodie, visit ThinkInkandThread.com. If you have questions about placing your order, call Think Ink & Thread at 775-846-4070.
“We thank the community for their participation in and support of our charity-driven events that help us connect to our citizens,” Fire Equipment Operator Brandon Blackbern says. “We also recognize Autism Awareness Month during April with special shirts.”
Blackbern says the general turnaround for those who order shirts is about two weeks. Those who order today, for instance, should receive their shirts by mid-October.
This year, RFD staff will also debut new navy blue uniform shirts with a pink RFD logo and a pink ribbon on the chest.
Last year, the Reno Police Department (RPD) joined the effort and also wore pink shirts to support the cause. This year, RPD is also selling custom pink shirts to the public, which can be ordered at ThinkInkandThread.com.
In 2015, the pink shirts campaign raised $5,090 for Moms on the Run, and the pink pen campaign raised $1,000 for Susan G. Komen of Northern Nevada. Also, $365 from RPD’s 2015 Race for the Cure team went to Susan G. Komen of Northern Nevada.
Meanwhile, during the month of October, Sheriff’s Office headquarters at 911 Parr Boulevard will display pink ribbons inside and outside the building along with a “For the Cure” banner above the main entry.
The Sheriff’s Office also plans to enter a team in Reno’s Race for the Cure on October 16. Team WCSO’s captain is the Undersheriff, Susan Schilling, who has been actively involved in breast cancer awareness efforts since her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999.
Undersheriff Schilling’s mother became cancer free after treatment. However, the Undersheriff’s commitment to the cause is as strong as ever.
“I believe breast cancer touches every person in our community,” Undersheriff Schilling said. “The Sheriff’s Office family is an intrinsic part of that community and we are proud to step up, in pink, to support a worldwide effort towards finding a cure.”
The wearing of pink during October is a reminder for women everywhere to do all they can to detect cancer early, and a reminder for the community as a whole to do all we can to help fight this disease.
"We must never give up searching for a cure,” Undersheriff Schilling said.
The following information is from the Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure Reno website:
(Washoe County Sheriff's Office contributed to this report.)