The Philadelphia Fire Department partnered with the PFD Family Association to sell more than 2,400 Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts in October, raising more than $22,000 to help fight cancer.
Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel joined PFD Family Association Executive Director Lisa Hogan to present a check to Mercy Cancer Center on Nov. 13.
“It’s so meaningful for us to provide this resource,” Thiel said. “I think the results exceeded all of our expectations.”
The proceeds will go toward breast cancer screening programs, which are available to those in need at all three Mercy Health System hospitals.
“I want to thank the Philadelphia Fire Department for this wonderful gift,” said Mercy President and CEO Susan Croushore. “It’s priceless in our eyes.”
Fire Lt. Dave Kearney designed the iconic pink shirts that feature the PFD logo and the phrase “We Don’t Just Fight Fires, We Fight Cancer Too.” At first only available to PFD members, the shirts became so popular that online sales were opened to the public.
“This was only possible because of the support of our members,” said Lt. Kearney, who attended the check ceremony at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital with his wife, Susan. The Kearney family helped package and deliver the shirts to dozens of fire stations across the city.
Lisa Hogan said the PFD Family Association was glad to be a partner on this initiative.
“We are so happy to help the community,” said Hogan, “and we look forward to doing it again next year!”