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FTPD PBA 154’s ‘Pink Patch Project’ Nets $2,500 For Sister 2 Sister Charity

FTPD PBA Local 154 president Mark Rossman speaks about the local’s “Pink Patch Project.”

Franklin Township Police Department’s PBA Local 154 raised $2,500 for a local charity during the local’s “Pink Patch Project” in October.

The check was presented during a November 12 ceremony to members of Sister 2 Sister, a group dedicated to helping underserved and minority women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The Pink Patch Project, now in its second year in the township, saw FTPD officers don pink patches on their uniforms, wrap a detective’s car in pink and sell specially printed t-shirts to raise money for the charity.

This year’s donation raises the total given to Sister 2 Sister by the local to $7,500.

“We are so appreciative of our police,” Sister 2 Sister founder and president Dorothy Reed said. “There are many things they can do for us to keep us safe, but there are also things they do to keep us safe and healthy.”

“We are happy they decided to make us their project,” said Sister 2 Sister vice president Barbara Burton. The money will go to the group’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program, she said.

“So often women will not have treatment because they cannot pay the copay or pay for rent or buy food,” she said. “This money really helps us.”

The group’s professional advisory board chairperson, Amrill Salcedo-Alonzo, said the PBA members demonstrated the police department’s motto of “protect and serve.”

“They are here to protect and to serve,” she said. “They are protecting us and serving women with breast cancer, people who just find out they are diagnosed and in a devastating position.”

Mark Rossman, president of PBA Local 154, said the partnership with Sister 2 Sister has been “an amazing journey.”

“We have learned so much,” he said. “We had no idea the services they provided and once we found out what they did, we were eager to be involved, we wanted to be part of it.”

“It’s an amazing organization and we look forward to working with them for many years to come,” he said. “We’re thankful to be a part of it.”

The Franklin Reporter & Advocate live-streamed the check presentation:

Franklin Township PBA #154 presents the proceeds of their Second Annual Pink Patch Project to Franklin’s own Sister 2 Sister Breast Cancer support group. Throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the PBA Pink Car could be seen at festivals,events and locations around town.

Posted by The Franklin Reporter & Advocate on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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