Many have experienced the effects of breast cancer either personally or through a family member or close friend.
Winthrop Police Officer Anthony Sorrentino and Sgt. Steve Rogers have partnered to design a special edition police department T-shirt to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
For Officer Sorrentino, the project serves as a way to honor his mother-in-law, Debbie Gould, who passed away as a result of breast cancer, as well as Sgt. Mary Crisafi, who is a breast cancer survivor.
“Officer Sorrentino truly went above and beyond to bring this project to life as a way to pay tribute to all of the women and families who have been impacted by breast cancer,” Chief Delehanty said. “Our entire department enthusiastically supports this initiative, which has been a true team effort, and I have no doubt that this will have a positive impact on the fight against breast cancer.”
Crisafi was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and she can’t stress enough the importance of having a mammogram every year. Her cancer was detected at a routine mammogram. She was diagnosed with a form of ductal carncinoma and underwent radical surgery.
“I was going every year,” Crisafi said. “I do believe the detection, chemo, radiation and surgery that they saved my life. The support I had with family, friends, the police department and the community of Winthrop also made a difference. It’s a team effort.”
Gould was first diagnosed at the age of 27 and had breast cancer five times before she lost her battle.
“She told me if she’s going to continue to fight that I had to too to get on the police force,” Sorrentino said. “I took the test and here I am four years later on the force full-time. She gave me the fight to do it.”
The sales of shirts have been phenomenal and Sorrentino is filling new orders.
“It’s taken off. We’re excited to see where this takes us at the end of the month.” He said. “We’re hoping to be able to donate $4,000-$5,000 to two foundations.
All proceeds from the sale of the shirts will be donated to Survivors by the Sea and the Marie C. Petrilli Foundation.
Officers will be on hand to sell shirts at the Parks and Recreation’s Fall Fair, Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ingleside Park. All proceeds from the sale of the shirts will be donated to Survivors by the Sea and the Marie C. Petrilli Foundation.
Shirts are also available for sale at the Meat Market, 224 Winthrop St., or at the police station. For those who choose to go to the police station, shirts will be sold Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
“This is a team effort,” Sorrentino said. “It’s the whole department getting behind this.”