WEIRTON - Weirton's Bravest are, once again, stepping up to help others by raising money to benefit a local organization.
Members of Weirton Firefighters Local 948 are selling pink breast cancer awareness shirts in an effort to raise money for Athena's Closet, an organization which works to assist area cancer patients with their expenses. A portion of the proceeds from the shirt sale will go to Athena's Closet, which was formed in memory of Weirton resident Athena Ameredes, who died following a bout with cancer.
"This is the third year for it," Local 948 President Mike Serafine said.
Members of the Weirton Firefighters Local 948 currently are selling these pink breast cancer awareness T-shirts at a cost of $20 per shirt. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Athena's Closet, a local organization which works to assist area cancer patients with their expenses. -- Craig Howell
The pink shirts, sporting a ribbon and the phrase "Cares enough to wear pink," are available for purchase now, and for the next few weeks in commemoration of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The shirts cost $20 each.
Shirts currently can be purchased by visiting either the Weirton Fire Department's headquarters or Gilson Avenue stations.
"We try to keep a stock at each station," Serafine said.
In addition, the shirts will be available at two upcoming community events, starting with the inaugural Brooke and Hancock County Child and Family Awareness Day, taking place today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Weirton Event Center. They also will be available at the health fair scheduled to take place Wednesday at the Millsop Community Center.
In addition to raising funds for an area organization, the shirts also were found locally, being printed at Weirton-based business Graphics in Print.
"We like to keep it local," Serafine said.
For more information on the shirts, call (304) 797-8562.
This year, Athena's Closet is teaming with C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program for the "Paint the Downtown Pink" program, which will include an awareness walk beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 4.
The walk will begin at the C.H.A.N.G.E. parking lot at 3136 West St. and end at Cove Commons.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)