ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested some notorious criminals, but now it’s going after another killer — cancer.
The sheriff’s office, along with Littleton Adventist Hospital, is partnering with Denver7 to fight prostate and breast cancer in Colorado. Starting Sept. 1, the sheriff’s office is launching the Blue Backs the Pink project to raise money for cancer patients throughout the state who can’t afford treatment.
During the months of September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the sheriff’s office is selling pink and blue patches, pins, hats, challenge coins and much more. All the money raised goes to screen, image and treat underserved prostate and breast cancer patients at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
“As a law enforcement agency, we recognized the need to implement a program that allows us to give back to the people we serve,” said Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown. “We shared our vision with Littleton Adventist Hospital and Denver7, and are grateful they became our partners. Together, we are more powerful in our fight to save our citizens and eradicate cancer.”
Last year, the sheriff’s office donated $2,500 to Littleton Adventist Hospital. This year, with a more aggressive campaign and Denver7 on board, the goal is to donate $10,000 to the hospital.
Supporting cancer survivors
Throughout the month of September, deputies will proudly wear blue patches, pins and other blue items to show men battling prostate cancer they’re not alone. Then in October, sheriff’s office employees will wear pink items to support breast cancer survivors. Employees at Littleton Adventist Hospital and Denver7 news anchors and reporters will also be wearing pins and other items to show their support.
“We are honored to partner with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department and Littleton Adventist Hospital who do so much to support our community every day,” said Denver7 General Manager Dean Littleton.
Join the fight
You can join the fight against cancer and enter a contest to win a prize! Just go to the Blue Backs the Pink website and purchase any of the products. Then email a photo showing you wearing the items, or post your photo to the ACSO Facebook page . The person with the most creative photo will win either an exclusive history tour of the sheriff’s office or a private K-9 and/or SWAT demonstration for you and your family. To email a photo, send it to SheriffPIO@arapahoegov.com or post it to Facebook/ArapahoeSO .
The contest for blue items starts now and runs until Sept. 25, when the sheriff’s office will choose a winner. The contest for pink items starts on Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 25, when a new winner will be chosen.
The Blue Backs the Pink is managed by the nonprofit Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Employee Fund. The charitable organization is a 501(c)(3). All of the proceeds are donated to the Littleton Adventist Hospital.