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Prescott PD’s ‘Pink Patch Project’ aids local women with breast cancer
October effort raises more than $7,000

Prescott Police Foundation President Michael Broggie, left, Prescott Police Chief Debora Black, center, and YRMC Breast Care Center Manager Kathi Hoffer celebrate a $3,511 donation that the foundation presented to the Breast Care Center on Dec. 20. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

Prescott Police Foundation President Michael Broggie, left, Prescott Police Chief Debora Black, center, and YRMC Breast Care Center Manager Kathi Hoffer celebrate a $3,511 donation that the foundation presented to the Breast Care Center on Dec. 20. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

An October “Pink Patch Project” effort by the Prescott Police Department to raise money for breast cancer awareness has ended up helping local women who are dealing with the disease.

On Thursday, Dec. 20, Prescott Police Chief Debora Black and Prescott Police Foundation President Michael Broggie were among a group of supporters who awarded $3,511 to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Breast Care Center.

Kathi Hoffer, manager of the Breast Care Center, said the money would go to help under-served women with diagnostic testing, as well as to help with the expenses of those who those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Along with the donation to the center, half of the more than $7,000 that the Prescott PD Pink Patch Project raised went to the Prescott Police Foundation, which, in turn, donated the money to two Prescott Police Department families who are dealing with breast cancer.

Each family received $1,755, according to information from the Police Department.

“We have two members of the agency whose wives are struggling with this disease, and we wanted to support them,” Black said.

The personal impact helped to make the Pink Patch Project “universally embraced by the department,” Black said. “The officers really took this to heart. They wore pink proudly.”

David Fuller, lead police officer and public information officer for the department, said the pink patches became so popular during the October campaign that “we made five different orders.”

Ultimately, the department ordered a total of about 900 patches, and sold them for $5 each. Nearly all of the patches were sold this year, and Black said the department plans to continue the program next year.

Black and Fuller credited the generosity of the community for making the Pink Patch Project a success. “People were so generous and so willing to help,” Black said.

Fuller pointed out that local businesses such as Starbucks, Auto Trim, Action Graphics, Dutch Bros. Coffee, and Panera supported the effort.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.

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