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Hastings Police help to raise awareness of breast cancer

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 11:02 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Police Department teamed up with the Forever Pink Foundation to bring awareness to breast cancer during its awareness month. During the month of October, people could buy a pink patch, car magnet or have their windows and driveway painted by the HPD.

Sergeant Kyle Williamson with the Hastings Police, said they were also wearing the pink patch badges. He said it helped to start crucial conversations about the disease.

“It also lets those that are going through a battle of cancer or have lost somebody with the battle of cancer know that they’re not by themselves in the fight, that they support in many of the aspects of the community and it’s just another way for us to give back,” Williamson said.

Businesses such as Start Over Rover had contributed to the cause and had their windows painted by the HPD.

Anne Halbert, founder of Start Over Rover, is a breast cancer survivor. She said she was diagnosed around the same time as her mother, and they had battled the illness together through chemotherapy and surgeries. Halbert added, having the community show their support to the cause hit home.

“It’s just — it means so much because this is a disease that has affected many people that I know, and gone through personally,” Halbert said. “And I love seeing all the community support and raising awareness because that truly is the key to early detection.”

She continued to say, having gone through such a tough fight with breast cancer, it gave her the motivation to turn her dream of owning an animal shelter into reality.

President of the Forever Pink Foundation, Tanya Wegner, said she wanted the pink ribbons around the city to encourage people as they past by one of the emblems.

“Go out and get your mammograms, you know, that’s what we’re about and that’s what law enforcement’s helping us do through their Pink Patch Project,” Wegner said.

As of Thursday, the police department had painted over 40 windows and had decorated 8 driveways with the pink ribbons.

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