WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – West Valley City Police Department is showing pink pride for a city employee battling breast cancer.
Police donned pink patches in honor of survivors as part of the “Pink Patch Project.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
West Valley City Clerk of Court Nicole Dunaway, who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in July, lost her hair due to aggressive chemotherapy treatments. Dunaway is still working and is confident she can beat the disease.
She is the 15th person in her family to battle breast cancer.
“My family history tells me I need to go [get screened] every six months,” she said. “I hadn’t gone for two years.”
Dunaway says she could have caught the cancer earlier had she been more proactive about getting screened. Utah has one of the lowest screening rates among women, according to the Utah Dept. of Health, who also says in West Valley City, less than 65 percent of all women are getting screened for breast cancer.
West Valley City Police are raising funds by selling pink patches and t-shirts bearing the police department’s logo. Patches are $5 and shirts are $20. Proceeds go to benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute.