ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Burley firefighters in Athens are showing their softer side these days by selling T-shirts and raising money in the fight against breast cancer.
"We started selling T-shirts three years ago here at the fire department. It was a big push throughout the state of Alabama to do it. The main reason we did it is we had several people in the fire department that's been challenged with breast cancer," said battalion chief David Andrews.
Now they are partnering with Athens-Limestone Hospital. Shelli Waggoner is the hospital's Pink Elephant Foundation Director.
"Our Pink Elephant Mammogram Scholarship Program was started five years ago. It's a way for any resident in Limestone County to have an opportunity for an annual mammogram, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or if their insurance will pay," said Waggoner.
Money from the sale of the shirts help pay for those potentially life saving tests. The tests can help a woman get an earlier diagnosis and treatment.
There are pink and blue shirts available.
"We have about 2,000 T-shirts right now. I'd say we've sold about half of them," Waggoner said.
If you are interested in purchasing a shirt and helping out with this program, you can talk to any firefighter in Athens or you can also call the gift shop at the hospital.