Questions about pink shirts lead the Claremore Fire Department on a journey that would result in a donation of over $1,900 to the Oklahoma Project Woman.
Firefighters can be seen wearing hot pink t-shirts across Claremore during the month of October to support breast cancer awareness.
Fire Captain Robert Casey said people in the community began asking the firefighters where they could buy a t-shirt.
Thus began the Local 1077 Firefighters initiative to raise money for the people in Claremore struggling with breast health issues.
Claremore Fire Department sold 168 t-shirts and presented Oklahoma Project Woman with a check for $1952.83 to help disadvantaged women receive free mammograms, diagnostic procedures and necessary surgeries.
“We love that it helps local women in our community,” Casey said.
Executive Director for Oklahoma Project Woman, Anne Bogie said her organization teamed up with the fire department to try to help more people in the community.
“The key to our organization is that we want to provide free breast healthcare to women and men that have no health insurance and really no other way to pay for their healthcare,” Bogie said.
Bailey Medical Center, Hillcrest Hospital Claremore and St. John in Owasso are three of the local hospitals that have teamed up with Oklahoma Project Woman. Bogie said women in need are given a voucher to receive the care they need. Then Project Woman reimburses the doctors and nurses who provided the service.
“We are very appreciative not only with the firefighter’s dedication to the lives of the ladies as first responders but also as a partner in helping us take care of the ladies in Claremore,” Bogie said.