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November 28. 2012 9:51PM

Breast cancer group benefits from benevolence


L-F, front row: Wolfeboro Fire/Rescue Administrative Assistant Sherri Moore, Nancy Ryan, president of the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition; Wolfeboro Police Department Dispatch Supervisor Mia Lyons; back row, left to right: Firefighters Chris Morgan and Mark Fullerton, Fire Lt. Andr de Beer, Police Dispatcher Will Riley, and Fire/Rescue Chief Butch Morrill. (LARISSA MULKERN/Union Leader Correspondent)

WOLFEBORO - Wolfeboro Fire/Rescue and Police Department personnel launched separate fundraisers this fall to benefit the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition.

It was Fire/Rescue Department Administrative Assistant Sherri Moore who got things rolling earlier this fall during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, when she persuaded Chief Butch Merrill and staff to order and wear special pink T-shirts as part of their daily uniform.

The shirts were printed with "Wolfeboro firefighters for a cure," with a logo where the iconic pink ribbon looped into a fire hose.

Fire/Rescue members solicited donations during Columbus Day weekend in front of the Hunter's Shop 'n Save on North Main Street, and during the department's Trick or Treat event on Halloween, where between 700 to 800 youngsters and their parents or guardians visited the department for treats.

It was an opportune time to wear the pink T-shirts, and to raise awareness - and donations.

"We had a captive audience," said Deputy Fire/Rescue Chief Tom Zotti.

Fire Chief Morrill even collected donations at the town's transfer station.

Moore said the community at large was very generous with donations, and wearing of the pink elicited many conversations with breast cancer survivors who were grateful for the departments' efforts.

"We're so grateful for the community's support," said Moore. Moore said it was important to her and colleagues to choose a recipient agency that would serve local breast cancer survivors.

She looked at a well-known national breast cancer group, but learned it received millions of dollars annually and questioned how much of those funds directly benefitted New Hampshire residents.

"Then we stumbled across the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition," said Moore. Coalition President Nancy Ryan joined Fire/Rescue and Police Department staff on Tuesday when she collected the checks.

In all, Fire/Rescue staff raised $1,500, and the Wolfeboro Police Benevolent Association raised another $500 for the Coalition by selling pink T-shirts with a clever slogan: Wolfeboro Police Benevolent Association for a cure, because everyone loves a good bust.

T-shirts are on sale for $15 each at the police department. Ryan said the coalition will dispense the funds through its Support Services Fund that helps low-income and/or uninsured women with expenses.

For more information about the coalition, go to nhbcc.org, call 659-3482 or email nancyalicer@cs.com.

Donations may be mailed to 18 Belle Lane, Lee, NH 03861-6438.

The coalition, based in Lee, is a statewide advocacy organization that advocates for and provides assistance to New Hampshire residents with breast cancer.

lmulkern@newstote.com


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