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City police, fire departments aim to raise awareness for breast cancer

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The Columbia Police and Fire Departments are looking for your help in supporting a good cause.

Both agencies are selling shirts as part of a new campaign introduced by Bethany Benjamin, the daughter of Mayor Steve Benjamin, to raise money for breast cancer patients.

"Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed among women in the U.S.," Bethany Benjamin said. "It's second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death."

The city's new shirt campaign features two different shirts with different looks representing each agency. While the cause is one that many can relate to, it's one that Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook takes personal because his mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor.

"(She's) been cancer-free and healthy for probably the last ten years which is really remarkable," Holbrook said. "The advances that have occurred and this is how we continue to fight that battle."

The campaign has brought out the competitive juices for each department.

"This is a very healthy competition and the main thing is it doesn't matter who sells the most," Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said. "The main thing is it helps the cause. And you know, him being a rookie and everything, we want to show him the ropes and kind of get him out there and gets some shirts sold. So, if he beat me out, that's okay."

Prices for the shirts start at $15. All proceeds from this campaign will go to "Bosom Buddies," a non-profit organization helping women after mastectomy surgery.

Orders must be placed by September 12. You may stop by City Hall or click on The Big Red 10 to order.

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