Lipscomb's mother, Da'anne Lipscomb of Zachary, is a survivor of the disease, as is five other women whose husbands, sons or nephews work for the Zachary Fire or Zachary Police Departments. Sadly, firefighter Justin Bradley's mother, Anita, lost her battle to breast cancer in 1998.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Lipscomb got the idea to create a tribute t-shirt honoring the women. He and his fellow firefighters designed a pink t-shirt featuring each woman's name on the back which shows their support, awareness and remembrance.
The women featured on the t-shirt and their firefighter family members are: Da'anne, Gordon's mom; Marla, wife of Ronald Hives; Donna, Casey and Todd Phenald's mom/aunt; Joan, Rick Dudley's mom; Shay, Tommy Walters wife; Mary, wife of Butch Kling, of the Zachary PD; and Anita, Justin's mom, who passed away.
Several City of Zachary employees also showed their support by purchasing and wearing the breast cancer tribute shirts to work, in honor of all those who have won and lost the battle to the disease.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States after lung cancer.
Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the U.S.
It is estimated that 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S. in 2011.
Who gets breast cancer?
Anyone can get breast cancer. For example, did you know...
• the older a woman, the more likely she is to get breast cancer?
• young women can and do get breast cancer, even in their 20s?
• Caucasian women are more likely to get breast cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group?
• African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women?
• men can get breast cancer? Out of every 100 cases of breast cancer, one will occur in a man.
For more facts on breast cancer, PLEASE visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.