Northfield Police participate in Pink Patch Project

  • The Northfield Police Department is  taking part in the “Pink Patch Project” for breast cancer awareness, selling pink Northfield Police patches for $5 each – cash only. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Northfield Police Officers John Cowan and Oleg Cobileanschi stand with Eversource Community Relations Representative Melissa Hancock, each holding the pink Northfield Police patches, being sold for $5 to raise money for breast cancer research. STAFF PHOTO/ZACK DeLUCA

Staff Writer
Published: 10/9/2019 6:35:26 PM

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Police Department is proudly taking part in the “Pink Patch Project” fundraising effort for breast cancer awareness month.

“If all goes well we will raise $1,000,” said Officer John Cowan. 

As part of the project, the Department will be selling Pink Northfield Police patches for $5 each, cash only. Patches are available for purchase at the Northfield Police Station in Town Hall at 69 Main St., and Mim’s Market. Interested parties may also contact Officer Cowan at Proceeds from the patch sales will be going toward breast cancer research.

Cowan said his family lost his grandmother to breast cancer shortly before his third birthday. Additionally, he mentioned many officers know Northfield residents who are breast cancer survivors.

“We’re a small community, it’s important we give back,” Cowan said.

The Police Department applied for a grant through Eversource Energy and was awarded a $500 donation Monday from the company for the breast research fundraiser on top of the department’s patch sales.

Eversource Community Relations representative Melissa Hancock said the company was drawn to supporting the local effort after speaking with Police Chief Robert Leighton about the fundraiser.

“It’s important for us to get involved and support a great cause,” Hancock said.

In just one week, the department has sold nearly 100 patches. Cowan said the department rallied around the Pink Patch Project, and have taken part in similar fundraising efforts in the past. In addition to the fundraiser this year, Northfield Police cruisers are adorned with a pink patch sticker on the vehicles’ rear side windows.

The pink patches are official quality, made from the same company that provides the department’s standard uniform patches. They are identical in size and design, aside from color, to the patches Northfield Police Officers wear. Cowan said the department came up with a few different designs, and officers voted on this year’s choice, potentially saving a new design for another fundraiser next year. The department was also authorized to purchase official pink badges, with badge numbers, to wear for October.

National breast cancer statistics

In the United States alone, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women after skin cancer. There are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

The American Cancer Society states in the United States in 2019, there will be an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women and 2,670 cases diagnosed in men. From 2006 to 2015, invasive female breast cancer incidence rates increased slightly, by 0.4 percent per year. Additionally, the organization estimates 42,260 breast cancer deaths – 41,760 women and 500 men – will occur in 2019.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide. Globally, breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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