STERLING – Firefighters and police departments teamed up from mid-October and sold 150 t-shirts in 14 days. They raised $ 1,520, 100% of which goes to the Movember Foundation, which prioritizes funding for the three biggest health issues men face: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
The inspiration behind holding the fundraiser came not only to raise awareness of men’s health issues, but also to show their support for firefighter / paramedic Phil d’Entremont and Detective David “DJ” Johnson, who each have fight against cancer.
âThe Movember Foundation is focused on men’s health as a whole, both physical and mental,â said Erin Cullinane, SFD firefighter / paramedic, who organized the fundraiser with firefighter / paramedic Jim Emerton. âIt’s an important foundation to raise funds for, especially with Detective Johnson and the Entremont firefighter / paramedic battling cancer this year. The Sterling community has shown their unwavering support to both of them, which we know has helped them keep their spirits up during treatments. “
In what can only be described as kismet, Cullinane said Johnson rang the bell at the hospital to signify the end of his cancer treatment on November 3, the last day of the fundraiser.
âI am very grateful to all of my colleagues for their support and for the support of my family,â Johnson said. âIf it weren’t for them, it would be one more thing to fear when all you need to worry about is surviving. I appreciate that they are doing everything to support families. I was going through tough times. Cancer is an evil beast. “
The Movember fundraiser follows the second year SFD hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in September ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Last year $ 3,330 was raised and donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
âIt’s no secret that the Sterling community supports each other,â said Cullinane. “After seeing the overwhelming support of our breast cancer awareness fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we knew we had to continue our fundraising efforts during ‘No Shave November’.”