Breast cancer awareness at all-time high

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's on the field, on the streets, on our backs, in our minds: the color of awareness.

"We've never done anything like this at the fire department before," paramedic Ozzie Jarman said. "We've never worn pink shirts and it's just nice being able to show the women in our community that we really do care about them."

Jarman is responsible for getting pink fire trucks to lufkin for the first time so those affected by cancer could sign them.

"It's a helpless feeling taking them to the hospital and there's nothing that we can do in the back of our ambulance that can change what they're going through right now and it's nice to be able to do something to raise awareness," Jarman said.

As a realtor, Angie Williams decided to donate a portion of her commission from October to the cause.

"It really means a lot to me, personally, I have not ever had cancer, but I have members of my family, I have an aunt and a grandmother that are both breast cancer survivors," Williams said.

Dr. Sidney Roberts says rising awareness for early detection means a better chance at a cure.

"I don't think it's just a marketing issue," Roberts said. "I don't think it's just the thing to do, if you will. It's very real, cancer does strike people close to home."

Roberts says he sees about 600 new cases of the disease every year. The number one cancer he sees among women? Breast cancer.

"The community support is so vital for people going through cancer, to women with breast cancer, seeing that other women have been through what they're going through that there are people to talk to," Roberts said.

"I think that we're all here for a reason, and that reason is to help each other," Williams said.

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