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Grover Beach police sport pink patches for cancer awareness

Posted at 7:13 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 22:13:57-04

The Grover Beach Police Department is partnering with the Grover Beach Police Officers’ Association (GBPOA) and the #PinkPatchProject for a second year. The organizations are working together on a collaborative cancer awareness fundraiser with the goal to raise awareness and to fund the research, treatment and care needed by those battling cancer. They also hope to educate the public on early detection and prevention of cancer.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., an estimated 252,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. More than 40,000 women die of breast cancer per year and, although it is rare, more than 2,400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year a well.

During the month of October, the Grover Beach Police Department will wear a pink version of the uniform patch in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Community members can purchase these limited edition pink patches for $10 at the police department’s front counter or by contacting GBPOA’s representative, Officer Matt Goodman at

On October 27, GBPOA will host the second annual Pink Patch Golf Tournament fundraiser as an additional act of support for National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The tournament will be held at the Pismo State Beach Golf Course and Sergeant Celis Rabena can be contacted for more details at

All proceeds raised by the #PinkPatchProject will go to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center in San Luis Obispo. Last year, GBPOA raised $7,000 for the center. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000.