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Published on December 14, 2018

Fire Department T-Shirt Sales Raise $16K for Mercy Cancer Center 

PFD sold the t-shirts for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

PFD check presentationWest Philadelphia (December 14, 2018): On December 13, Mercy Cancer Center received a donation of $16,300 from the Philadelphia Fire Department’s fundraising efforts. PFD members, including firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and community members, raised money through their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign T-shirt sale. The donation will benefit Mercy Cancer Center’s breast cancer screenings program.

“Catching breast cancer early can help save lives,” said Michele Zappile-Lucis, Administrative Director of Oncology for Mercy Health System. “That’s why, with the help of this generous donation, we can continue to offer walk-in breast cancer screenings to members of the local community who otherwise wouldn’t have access to such life-saving services.”

“It’s gratifying to know that our partnership with Mercy Health System and the PFD Family Association is making a difference in people’s lives,” said Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel. “As the T-shirts say: ‘We don’t just fight fires, we fight cancer too’.”

About one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. Mercy Cancer Center helps patients detect breast cancer early by offering breast mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs and biopsies. All Mercy Health Systems hospitals also provide walk-in appointments to community members. Mercy’s accredited breast program offers advanced diagnostic technology and personalized treatments plans to provide compassionate care and help patients overcome breast cancer.

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Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
501 S. 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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