Showing a newfound willingness to lend public support to a nationwide push to raise breast cancer awareness, Mayor Art Ward announced Thursday that he would fling open the door of all five city fire stations later this month to help firefighters raise more money .
Ward said the city’s fire houses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 “so that the public can buy pink t-shirts in support of the efforts toward breast cancer awareness.”
“I will be the first in line to buy a t-shirt,” the mayor said, “and encourage all residents to join me in supporting this important cause.”
The move was announced at a press conference during which Ward gave up his opposition to firefighters wearing the shirts on Thursdays in October and threw his support behind their bid to raise awareness and funds.
Firefighters said they are seeing a surge in t-shirt sales aimed at raising money for the Susan G. Kormen for the Cure, which is receiving all the proceeds. They said they will have to figure out how to make sure there are enough shirts available to meet the demand.
Sean Lennon, the fire union president, said he’s been getting calls and emails from all over the country from people who want to buy a shirt to show their support for the firefighters and finding a cure for the deadly disease.
“My hope is that this controversy ends with a positive result and I look forward to lending my wholehearted support toward this effort,” Ward said.