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Cincinnati police officers will wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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CINCINNATI — The city’s about to see a lot more pink.

Ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cincinnati police officers will wear pink uniforms as part of the American Cancer Society’s annual

Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

Over 270,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society, and about 42,000 of those women will die from the disease.

The campaign has raised over $500,000 over the last three years, according to Jeanette Altenau, director of Community Relations with TriHealth and chair of the Cincinnati Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

The Cincinnati Police Department joins more than two dozen local businesses and organizations who will serve as ambassadors for the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

The role goes beyond donning pink; ambassadors will promote education, encourage community members to get tested and fundraise for the American Cancer Society.

Chief Eliot Isaac will reveal the new uniforms at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“This is a cause near and dear to my heart and it is critical that we all take part in any way that we can,” Isaac said in a statement. “We have had several members of our Police family who have bravely fought this dreadful disease and I have witnessed the devastating effects personally as well. We know that cancer just doesn’t affect those diagnosed or survivors but all those who love them and are rooting for them.”

Altenau said Isaac has been an “impassioned leader” for the campaign.

“Having our city’s Police Chief not only focused on our safety in our neighborhoods but also our health in our homes, demonstrates his powerful commitment to our community,” Altenau said in a statement. “We are excited to see the ways Chief Isaac and his officers ‘wear pink’ this fall.”

Isaac and the Cincinnati Police Department will host a CPD Goes Pink Fashion Show from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 at the

Montgomery Inn Boathouse Event Center

to raise money for people affected by cancer. All proceeds from the fashion show will go to the American Cancer Society and will be used locally. Tickets can be purchased by calling the American Cancer Society at 513-975-5011.

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