Deputies in Meeker County, Minnesota will be sporting new, hot pink badges in October — in honor of Nat’l Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the Mendota Heights Patch, Deputy Marc Berris proposed the idea to the sheriff, after he lost his aunt to the disease.
Sheriff Brian Cruze, who supported the idea immediately, will also be wearing the pink badge this month instead of the traditional gold star-shaped one.
“All of us know someone whose life has been impacted by breast cancer. Wearing the pink badges is a way for us to show support for those members of our community who are battling the disease, and to raise awareness about the benefits of early detection,” Cruze said.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 40,000 women die each year in the United States from breast cancer, but when diagnosed at an early stage, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.
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