If you live in Madera County, you may have noticed some law enforcement, wearing pink patches on their uniform last October. It was an effort to raise breast cancer awareness. It also raised money that’s now being put to good use, at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center on the Clovis Community campus.
Each pink patch represents a community coming together. The Madera County Sheriff’s Department donned the pink patches last October to raise breast cancer awareness.
Sheriff Jay Varney said, “A number of members from the public asked us, ‘Hey, where can we buy those?’ and we decided, this might be a really good way to raise money.”
It became the “Pink Patch Project” – patches sold for $10 dollars a piece.
“We then began looking for cancer programs that were specifically related to breast cancer in the Central Valley, and that’s how we ended up today at the Radin Center,” said Varney.
Varney, along with other members of his department, presented a check to the Community Cancer Institute in February. That money will now benefit patients directly. Patients, like Kellie Munro.
She said, “To have the community’s support, people like the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, to notice that this is a need. One in eight women get diagnosed with breast cancer. For them to donate, I just think, I’m beyond grateful.”
Munro was diagnosed in June 2018. She remembers, a pink teddy bear given to her by the team at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center.
“We still have it. My girl’s, I squeezed it the day I had my biopsy. It has special meaning. I know that had to have come from some funding somewhere, so I am very appreciative of any funding that can help and make things a little easier for patients going through it,” stated Munro.
Community Medical Centers Director John Strubert said, “It’s really neat how it’s able to go to our Radin Breast Care patients, education that we can provide. Some of the niceties that sometimes you just can’t afford, being able to have donor support like this has been great to be able to add to what we’re able to do for our patient.”
Strubert said they treated 10,000 patients last year from up and down the Central Valley.
He stated, “You don’t hear of places outside of Fresno County supporting something here in Clovis. I looked a bit at the patients we’re treating already at Radin and Cancer Institute, and we see quite a few Madera patients, and others outside of Fresno County. It made sense once I started looking at it more closely.”
Varney commented, “I think there’s a lot of folks at the Sheriff’s Office, whether it’s breast cancer or another area, they’ve had family or friends that have had to drive to the Bay Area, or Palo Alto, even Modesto. It’s really great to have right here, literally right across the river in Fresno County, that our Central Valley folks can come and get treated at.”
A positive impact, bringing two community’s together, that all started with a little pink patch.
“They thought outside of the box, they went direct to the source, and I think it’s wonderful that they thought of Radin Breast Center to donate to,” ended Munro.
There are plans to sell the pink patches again, through the Madera County Sheriff’s Department. If you’d like to join them in making a difference for cancer patients in the Central Valley, click here.