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The Marion Police Department is participating in the Pink Patch Project to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to a press release from the office of Chief John Garcia, The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative public awareness campaign, in partnership with more than 150 public safety agencies nationwide. Its goals are designed to increase education about the importance of early detection and prevention in the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer patients and research organizations in combating this devastating disease.

During the month of October, uniformed personnel is encouraged to replace their standard shoulder patch with the Marion Police Pink Patch as a reminder of the department’s commitment to raising awareness among those they serve.

The Marion Police Brotherhood is also selling patches to the public to raise funds for a cure. Those who would like to purchase a patch can do so at the Marion Police Department, located at 550 Mill Street. Patches cost $10 and can be purchased with either cash or check. Patches can also be purchased through PayPal for $11 and will be mailed to you. The email address for PayPal is jhabicht@marionma.gov. Marion pink patches are also sold year-round.

The Marion Police Brotherhood has partnered with the Ellie Fund. The Ellie Fund provides assistance to breast cancer patients residing in or receiving treatment in Massachusetts. Through its Healing Together Patient and Family Care Program and its Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Program, the Ellie Fund provides critical support services free of charge to help relieve a breast cancer patient’s burden while in treatment. All proceeds raised through the sale of the patches go directly to the organization.

“This is our third year participating in the Pink Patch Project and we are honored each year to be a part of this project to raise awareness within our community and donations for those fighting this disease,” said Officer Jonathan Tracy, president of the Marion Police Brotherhood. “We're proud to be supporting the Ellie Fund this year and encourage those in our community to purchase a patch in support of this important cause."