Arlington Firefighters Selling T-Shirt for Breast Cancer

by ARLnow.com October 15, 2012 at 10:50 am 5,832 47 Comments

Arlington County firefighters are selling a t-shirt in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

IAFF Local 2800, the local firefighters union, says members will be wearing the shirt while on duty this week. The shirts can be purchased online or at an Arlington fire station.

From a union spokesman:

“During the week of October 13-19, ACFD/L-2800 members will wear their member designed t-shirts on-duty as a way to raise awareness of breast cancer. The t-shirts will also be sold with the goal of raising as much money as possible to benefit breast cancer treatment and/or research. This year all proceeds will benefit the Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund, a local non-profit right here in Arlington, that provides breast cancer screenings and other related services free of charge. The Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund is developed and managed by the Arlington County Medical Society (ACMS). More information can be found at http://www.arlcoms.org/found.shtml. Shirts are available in Pink or Blue. Shirts are $15, and anyone wishing to purchase one can contact any fire station or any member of the ACFD or go to http://www.iaff2800.com/ to purchase from the online store.”

  • Louise

    Please change the headline. They are not selling t shirts for breast cancer. No one is FOR breast cancer.

    • Cletus Van Damme

      Calm down.

      • Mike Honcho

        Cletus, we all know what the T-shirts are being sold, but they need to get their story straight. T-shirts are the #1 cause of breast cancer. This is not a matter to take lightly.

    • Quoth the Raven

      Oh come on – do you really think the headline suggests that, or are you nitpicking?

      • Louise

        Definitely nit picking. Just super tired of people doing things “for breast cancer”. Safeway did it all last week. Sorry!!

        • drax

          I never donate to the American Cancer Society either. I give to the American Anti-Cancer Society.

          • Good idea – at least the anti-cancer society is about prevention and the looking for a real cause- not money to keep Big Pharma in business!

          • speonjosh

            Or themselves. Like a certain pink-obsessed organization that sure seems to have spent a lot of money on marketing over the years……

          • drax

            Because drugs aren’t involved in treating cancer?

          • CW


    • drax

      It’s okay though, according to the headline, they’re only selling one T-shirt.

      • SomeGuy

        Yep. I was wondering how they’d rotate who gets to wear it.

      • nom de guerre

        I wonder how often they will disinfect that T-shirt?

    • The Bible

      Cancer cell are human cells. Who wouldn’t be for human cells? Is it abortion to kill cancer cells?

    • YES

      I agree! So sick of being asked at the grocery store, “Do you wanna donate a dollar to breast cancer?”

  • JimPB


  • Cletus Van Damme

    Just signed up for two this past weekend at Alber’s when I was picking up my dry cleaning. Really happy to support this great cause associated with the ACFD.

    • Mike Honcho

      Please tell me you didn’t sign up for 2 helping of breast cancer. Dry Cleaning causes cancer, and kills fish. Show some concern for the environment.

  • James Moron

    The focus on breast cancer – particularly in the NFL – is nothing short of pandering. You can torch me but it’s so over the top. Breast cancer is important and raising money for it is wonderful. But for whatever reason, it has assumed a virtual lock in the role of “show the world how much we care” efforts of companies, associations and organizations.

    If the NFL -and yes, I realize this isn’t about the NFL – really wanted to help their target audience, they would address colon/rectal cancer, obesity, domestic violence or other things that they could uniquely deliver to their audience. They would have big burly linemen talking about how manly it is to get a colonoscopy. That would actually serve a purpose beyond the pink BS designed to make women believe that the NFL is touchy feely and to sell them women’s apparel.

    • drax

      Come on, Jim – NFL, bewbies. It’s a perfect match.

    • Mike Honcho

      Testicles are ugly, hairy, veiny and don’t rhyme, you’re gonna have to get over the NFL not caring about your balls.

      • Projecto-Rama

        Testicles? Colonoscopy? Where did you come up with the connection?

        • Joehoya

          You mean, your doctor doesn’t fondle your balls while giving you a colonoscopy?

          • jackson


    • Cletus Van Damme

      I really hope this is THE Jim Moran. If so, you do more and more to make me want to vote against you on a daily basis.

    • SomeGuy

      I think it’s great to see people raising money for worthy charities. And I also don’t disagree with this comment.

      • DCBuff


    • jackson

      What color do you wear for domestic violence awareness?

      • speonjosh

        Whatever color the marketing people tell us to…..

      • Tasteless Joke Guy

        Black & Blue?

        • SHLady

          I’m going to hell for laughing at that.

    • speonjosh


    • Ben

      My favorite is the NFL selling a $130 pink football and only donating $6.49 to fighting cancer.

      Profiting off of a fad – winning! Granted a $15 shirt is not nearly as bad – but donating that money directly would be of more use.

  • VC

    Stop nitpicking and say. “thank you” to the firefighters.

  • drax

    So there’s only one shirt? They’re all going to wear it, one by one, and then sell it? That will earn maybe $10 for the cause. Hope they wash it first.

    • WeiQiang

      it’s the eco-friendly thing to do … plus, it allows us time to switch to other charity-affinity-wear while someone is wearing the pink shirt.

  • ACLU

    To whom it may concern:

    We have been engaged to represent the rights and interests of Cancer. We respectfully insist that you all cease and desist your slander of our client.

    Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

    • WeiQiang

      actually, I think you’ve hit on something … corporations are people and have rights. Now you’re suggesting that detestable diseases have rights. Ergo, corporations are like detestable diseases. I’m feelin’ it.

      • drax

        Corporations have rights, but it has nothing to do with personhood.

  • BrianKal

    The link for the online store does not seem to be working, I wonder if ARLNow drove so much traffic that it crashed it?

  • BrianKal

    Actually it sounds like the shirts can only be bought by firefighters online as the link is behind a login part of the union website. I’d like to possibly buy one but can’t online it seems

    • rossl

      I was just able to purchase via the website (no login required).

      • BK


  • OldYeller

    I wonder if Susan G. Komen Foundation is going to go after them for using the color pink and the phrase “For the Cure”. Last I knew, they had trademarked both and defended their right to sole use vigorously. Gotta love charities.

  • Churtees

    Good on them! This is a great example of real community spirit in action in the name of a worthy cause.

  • Nikki

    FYI: you cannot purchase them from any fire station, just fire station number 2!!!! False advertisement.


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