Orlando Police Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
According to NBC Orlando affiliate WESH, The Orlando Police Department is making a statement with their newly decorated Breast Cancer Awareness cruiser. The car is pink and sports the iconic pink ribbons. The usual motto,”Serve and Protect,” has been replaced by “Prevent and Detect.” The car was given to OPD Officer Karen Long who has stage IV Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. She was diagnosed in 2007 with stage III cancer and fought back with a double mastectomy. In 2012, months short of her five-year free mark, the cancer came back. The OPD is honoring Officer Long and other OPD breast cancer survivors with the new cruiser.
Officer Long has noticed the effect the cancer has had on her family. Her 4-year-old son once accompanied her to radiation treatment, where he told her even though she was bald she was still beautiful. Long says her son talks with cancer patients he meets and tells them that his mom has cancer, and she is OK and they will be too.
The OPD introduced the car to the community during the “Hope Hike,” a walk that unites cancer survivors, current patients and the community to spread the word about breast cancer awareness.