Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 3, 2012

Pink Out Day planned

Athens Professional Firefighters Association strives to help cancer patients through raffle

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Mark your calendar for Oct. 19, Pink Out Day.  The Athens Professional Firefighters Association is participating in October Cancer Awareness Month, and would like to turn the City of Athens pink.

Capt. Chris Womble with the Athens Fire Department is aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Of course, we support breast cancer, but we try to support all cancers including breast cancer,” Womble said.

Womble said they came up with supporting all cancers when one of their own lost his battle with brain cancer. Charlie Rudd, a retired Athens fireman, died of his disease shortly after retiring from the department.

Each year, the Athens Professional Firefighters Association sell pink T-shirts to help with their cause. The shirts can be purchased at area businesses such as Cherry Laurel, Coffee Love, Citizens National Bank and Island Tan. Shirts can also be found at the Athens Fire Department and Athens Independent School District. The cost of the shirts is $10.

This year, Genia Gregory with Citizens National Bank in Athens quilted a quilt for the firemen to raffle. The quilt was quilted using pink T-shirts from 2010. Gregory said her father was a firefighter in Dallas, and she has great respect for the men and women who are in this profession. 

She spend many hours with her dad at the fire station, and collecting money during the boot drive for MS. She said the community has helped her by discounting the material. 

“Needle Niche was great to give me the material discounted to help me complete the quilt,” Gregory said.

The raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Currently, tickets can be found at the Athens Fire Station or Citizens National Bank.

Womble said the Athens Professional Firefighters Association is trying to make an impact to improve the quality of life for people suffering from cancer.  Some of the things the Association has done is give a gas card to someone traveling to M.D. Anderson for treatment.

One young lady who could not drive because of her illness received a golf cart they purchased.

“All we want to do is make their life better, if only for a little while,” said Womble.

He said there is a 4-member committee of community members who make the decision as to who needs the most help, and how the association can help. Sometimes it's just a matter of making a wish come true for a person, who may not survive their disease.

If you know someone who may need help, or just wants to donate to the fireman's cause, contact Capt. Chris Womble at 903-681-4186.