West Fargo Police Department officers will sell pink versions of the department’s patch during the month of October to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The commemorative patches are available for the public to purchase for $10 at the West Fargo Police Department lobby, 800 Fourth Ave. E., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the Edith Sanford Breast Center, which improves access to comprehensive breast care and facilitates collaboration between researchers, physicians, and patients to advance a shared goal of finding cures.

“This is the fourth year the West Fargo Police Department has participated in the Pink Patch Project,” said Denis Otterness, Chief of the West Fargo Police Department. “We look forward to partnering with the community each year to help us raise funds to fight breast cancer.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. In 2017, the CDC shows that 543 breast cancer cases were reported in North Dakota. Although the rate is going down, the number of new cases and deaths is going up because of the size and aging of our population.

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Community members who purchase a patch are encouraged to help spread awareness and encourage others to participate by tagging @WestFargoPolice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with pictures of their patches and #PinkPatchProject.

For more information on the Pink Patch Project, go to https://pinkpatchproject.com/.