MDPS sells t-shirts, badges and key chains to support local breast cancer fund | Crime News

“We want to show people that we’re not just here to do police homework,” Bowman said. “We have a track history of years and years since I’ve been here to be involved in the community… it’s always fun. It feels good to help people.

All money raised from sales will stay local, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation’s Make Pink Possible fund. The fund provides mammograms to local residents who cannot afford them.

“We believe in focusing our efforts locally to support local breast cancer support initiatives, and in doing so, local people can benefit within our community,” said MDPS Captain Jason Whisnant.

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It is personal for many MDPS officers.

Officer Tony Paterno’s mother is in her third battle with breast cancer, and cancer has led to the death of another relative.

“It has always been near and dear to me,” Paterno said. “My aunt died a few years ago from complications from breast cancer and all the women on my mother’s side had breast cancer, which is why it has always been an important thing to me.”

Bowman’s grandmother has fought cancer and he has a friend who fights against him. Whisnant lost her mother to breast cancer about eight years ago.