The San Mateo Police Department is not immune to Breast Cancer and, like many law enforcement agencies, we participate in the Pink Patch Project every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October, we hope you’ll join us by supporting, donating, and or attending one of the many events we will be hosting as we bring awareness to this very cause and do what we can to support those who need it.
Proceeds from our campaign will support newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in the form of Breast Cancer Battle Baskets. These baskets contain items intended to comfort a newly diagnosed patient and support the patient on their journey as they prepare to fight and overcome the disease. It is our hope these baskets allow the patient to feel a sense of instant and tangible support upon diagnosis, knowing their community has their back.
1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis over the course of her lifetime. While breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer (second only to lung cancer), the overall death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 1% each year. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances and early detection through screening. A breast cancer diagnosis should never be viewed as a death sentence. Women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage have a 90% or higher survival rate in the first five years!
So, when thinking about breast cancer, remember, “The sooner you DETECT IT, the sooner you can TREAT IT, so the sooner you DEFEAT IT. “
The Pink Patch Project is an innovative public awareness campaign to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.
The project is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association and public safety agencies in Los Angeles County and beyond. The San Mateo Police Department partners with other law enforcement agencies to combat breast cancer by raising public awareness about the importance of early detection in the fight against the disease and to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment.
The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety employee's uniform patch. These bright pink patches have been specially designed by each participating agency specifically for their Pink Patch Project participation. Public safety employees at each of the participating agencies wear their pink patches on their regular duty uniforms each year for the entire month of October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against this disease.