Whether battling a fire, giving emergency medical assistance, or helping support a worthy cause, firefighters in North Alabama are there to help.
Regina Bodine and Jason Veres are among North Alabama volunteer firefighters who put their lives on the line to help their neighbors when 911 calls get made. Their respective fire departments are also among more than 20 from across the state who will “Go Pink” in October by selling specially designed pink ribbon project T-shirts to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and from what I’ve been told, one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Capt. Jason Veres, with the Vinemont-Providence Fire Department, located just north of Cullman. “This group is a nonprofit that helps with breast cancer research and all of the money stays in Alabama so it’s a good thing and we’re glad to be a part of raising awareness.”
Bodine is secretary-treasurer for the Four-C Volunteer Fire Department, representing Grassy, Scant City, Warrenton and Red Hill communities between Arab and Guntersville in Marshall County. She said the department is participating in the fundraiser for the second year.
“Last year, we got in the mail from them a letter
explaining what they were doing and I thought about my first mammogram I had a few years ago,” Bodine said. “I had a lump … it was benign … but for so many, that’s not the case. I don’t know many people who don’t
know someone who has been affected by breast cancer.”
Bodine said she’s seen a lot of friends diagnosed with breast cancer. Some have died. Some have survived.
That’s why Four-C got involved.
“We decided to do this. We got on Facebook and shared our T-shirt design in different groups,” she said. “Last year we raised $750. This year as soon as the letter came out, we decided to beat what we did last year so we got an early start.”
The first round of shirts had already been delivered by mid-September. When people saw them, Bodine said more people called and she put together a second order. At least 50 tees are required to place an order, she said.
“We raised $1,050 with the first order so we were excited that we beat our goal from last year,” she said adding she’s already got more than $500 on the second order, which was to be placed by the end of September. If needed, she said she’ll gladly do a third order so that everyone who wants a shirt gets one.
“When you see what they go through with breast cancer, how sick they get and how all of it affects family when they watch someone they love go through all of that, that’s why this is important,” Bodine said. “I like the fact that we’re not making nothing on it, this is a 100% fundraiser for breast cancer research … and I love that all of the money raised stays in Alabama at UAB where the research is happening.”
Four-C tees, short sleeve, may be ordered in sizes small through 5X for $15 each. Long sleeve shirts are available in sizes small through 3X for $20 each. Youth sizes in both sleeve lengths are offered in sizes small to XL, with pricing the same as adult shirts. Anyone interested in a Four-C shirt may contact anyone in the department. Bodine may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over at Vinemont-Providence, short sleeve tees are $15 and can be ordered until Oct. 13 by contacting email@example.com or calling 256-739-5855 to provide size and quantity.
Proceeds from shirt sales will help the BCRFA provide seed dollars required to secure national grants for breast cancer research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.