Walla Walla Police raise money to support breast cancer patients

<p>Pink ribbon</p>

Pink ribbon

The Walla Walla Police Department raises $2,895 for Providence St. Mary Medical Center's "special needs fund" for breast cancer patients.  The funds are used to cover costs associated with breast cancer treatments that are not covered by insurance.

The money was raised through a silent auction, open to all City employees, with items donated by numerous Walla Walla Valley businesses, as well as private cash donations.

The idea for the event began as a way to raise funds needed to enter a video production contest in support of breast cancer awareness. The annual video competition, known as the “Pink Glove Dance”, is sponsored by Medline Industries, an Illinois medical supply company. To register for the competition, teams must donate $2,000 to a non-profit organization that supports breast cancer awareness and treatment. The police department teamed up with J.U.G.S.—Just Us Girls Sharing—to raise $1,000 each, to meet that requirement. The amount of money raised and donated to the hospital’s “special needs fund” far exceeded the minimum required.

The winning submission of the competition receives $25,000 for their charity. The video submission for SMMC’s “special needs fund” is still in production, with additional footage being recorded of a “human pink ribbon” this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Borleske Stadium. Organizers need at least 300 volunteers to show up wearing pink t-shirts to make the ribbon.