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By Jay Polk - bio | email

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Breast cancer - it's one of the scariest diagnoses that a person can get.

Dr. Wallace Mays from Phoebe Sumter Medical Center said, "to tell them that they have cancer is pretty bad."

The disease kills thousands of people every year, and affects thousands more both directly and indirectly.

"I would think that the vast majority of people would know someone with breast cancer," said Dr. Mays.

Among those people who have been affected is the crew at the Americus Fire Department.

Chris Holloway, an Engineer with the department said, "we've also got people in our department who were affected with spouses who had breast cancer."

But this group of firefighters wasn't going to let cancer affect their family without a fight.

With breast cancer touching the lives of some of the firefighters in Americus and with this being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they decided to do something to help fight the dread disease.

They had already done a number of things to raise money for the American Cancer Society, including participating in the Relay for Life.

"The guys who do it do a pretty good job with the talent part of it. That's the talk of the town," said Holloway.

But this year they did something different, trading in the usual firefighters blue T-shirts for something a little different.

Although it has caused some changes to the wardrobes of some of the firefighters - "I own three pieces of pink right now, two large shirts and a small," said Holloway - the response from the community has been outstanding so far. These shirts have become the must have item for the fashionable residents of Americus.

"We started out ordering 100 shirts to see how they were going to do. I had to double the order before it even got in," said Holloway.

While selling these shirts is only a small part of what has been - and will continue to be - a long fight for a vaccine.

Dr. Mays said, "I would suspect that we're probably 10 years away from that."

These firefighters will go out knowing that they're helping to bring that fight to a successful conclusion.

If you want to get one of the T-shirts, you can stop by the Americus Fire Department in downtown Americus or call them at (229) 924-3213.

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