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Breast cancer awareness shirt sale and fundraiser

October 1, 2019
By MELISSA?BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District firefighters will hold a breast cancer awareness shirt sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 5, at First Community Congregational Church.

The fundraiser coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness month, which began on Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 31.

For Sarah Goldstein, a firefighter/paramedic at Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, this is a cause she feels passionate about because it could affect anyone at some point in their lives.

"Since I started with the district four years ago, each year in October I work to design a new shirt to raise money for this cause. We get them approved by Chief (Robert)Dilallo first and make it part of breast cancer awareness month. I sell the shirts to people I work alongside with and to the public. All the proceeds go to Pink Heals," Goldstein said. "Breast cancer is one of those things where everyone either knows someone, or has been affected by it directly."

"I just wanted to do this as a way to give back."

During the fundraiser, shirts can be purchased for $20 each, and donations are greatly appreciated. Bracelets, fire hats and stickers will be available for the kids. The fire district also will have one fire engine and an ambulance onsite.

According to Goldstein, Pink Heals recently helped one of their own.

"We will be donating all the profits to Pink Heals. Every penny they get is used towards treatments or to maintain vehicles, buy gas to travel to visit individuals and share the program. Pink Heals is helping out with all forms of cancer, not just breast cancer. We just had one of our brothers within the district who has been fighting cancer. We recently walked him into his last chemo treatment," Goldstein said.

Goldstein is excited about the upcoming fundraiser and their new venue.

"We have a gentleman who comes from the church and donates food to us. He knew we needed a venue and got the church's pastor to approve a tent for us to set up and sell our shirts. It's pretty neat that this was one of the first churches here in Lehigh. Built in 1956. The church is also starting their pumpkin sales Saturday, so people can get their pumpkins and shirts at the same time," Goldstein said.

First Community Congregational Church is also seeking volunteers for the unloading of pumpkins that day. Anyone interested in helping out can call (239) 369-1615, or visit their Facebook page

For more information about Pink Heals, visit

First Community Congregational Church is at 200 Leeland Heights Blvd E, Lehigh Acres.



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