METHUEN 一 Chief Scott J. McNamara is pleased to report that the Methuen Police Department donated $6,302 to The Jimmy Fund as a result of the department’s participation in the Pink Patch Project, which raised funds and awareness of Breast Cancer throughout October.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Methuen Police Department participated in the Pink Patch Project for the first time to raise funds for The Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute while also raising awareness and supporting the families of the Methuen Police Department.
The Pink Patch Project seeks to raise awareness of the importance of early screenings for Breast Cancer, and funds to support cancer care and research into treatments.
Officers, dispatchers and other Methuen Police Department employees were able to voluntarily participate by contributing $50 to The Jimmy Fund in exchange for two pink Methuen Police patches that they were able to wear on their uniforms. Members of the community were able to obtain the patches as well, in exchange for a $10 donation to The Jimmy Fund.
The pink patches were purchased thanks to the generosity of the Methuen Police Superior Officer’s Association and the Methuen Police Patrolman’s Association. The dispatcher’s union, New England Police Benevolent Association Methuen Dispatchers Local 117, generously contributed funds to have the patches mailed out to those who donated.
On Tuesday, Chief McNamara visited the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Offices in Methuen and presented Kathryn Wurster of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with a $6,302 check from the Methuen Police Department.
“Our participation in the Pink Patch Project is to help draw attention to the larger issue of cancer awareness and the need to find a cure for the deadly disease. Like so many families involved in this struggle in our community, our MPD families are no different and have been affected,” Chief McNamara said. “When one member of our Methuen Police Department family is hurting, we all hurt. When one of us is struggling, we all struggle. For us, it is about coming together as an organization, supporting this effort, and showing them we are here for them and will always stand by their side.”
About The Jimmy Fund:
The Jimmy Fund, established in Boston in 1948, is comprised of community-based fundraising events and other programs that, solely and directly, benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to provide compassionate patient care and groundbreaking cancer research for children and adults. The generosity of millions of people in Boston and around the world has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. For more information, visit: https://www.jimmyfund.org/.