Local law enforcement officers made a heartfelt donation Wednesday, proving that support for breast health continues beyond October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) presented a $5,000 check to provide mammograms for those who cannot pay themselves and/or don’t have insurance.
Known as the “Pink Outs,” members of CCSO held a 7-week fundraiser selling breakfast, t-shirts, pencils, and other items.
The Pink Outs say it was a team effort.
“We all chipped in one way or another,” said Captain Allen O’Berry, CCSO, adding, “We even had some people come with their families on the last this past Friday. They brought their spouses, people that have been affected by breast cancer. So we’re just very fortunate and honored.”
The money raised was given to the Nancy N. & J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion Wednesday morning.
The center says it will help in their mission, though there is still a ways to go.
“We’re still seeing people who haven’t had a mammogram in five years,” explained Telfair Pavilion Director Lora Reese, “And now they have this large breast cancer that could we have found it sooner if they had been getting annuals their prognosis would be way different than it is now.”