LINCOLN – Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol may be wearing a pink throughout the month of October to honor and support those fighting breast cancer.
According to a release from the NSP, the ‘Pink Patch Project’ is a national effort that involves law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including many in the state of Nebraska. This is the third year that NSP is participating in the project.
Throughout October, troopers have the option to replace the standard NSP patch with a pink patch. NSP’s pink patch features the NSP logo in pink and black.
Pink NSP patches are also available for purchase by NSP civilian employees and members of the public at local Nebraska State Patrol offices. All proceeds from sales of the pink NSP patches will go to benefit research and treatment of breast cancer.
Another campaign supporting breast cancer patients is ‘Plastic 4 Pink’. This campaign supports clients in the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Program (BCPAP). The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) program helps individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer by providing emotional support and financial assistance for day to day expenses, such as utilities, gas cards, grocery cards, one-time medical needs or other essentials.
In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
VNA’s BCPAP is customized to each individual to maximize impact, with assistance provided for immediate short-term needs like rent, utilities, groceries, or gas to access treatment. The program’s Patient Advocate also helps connect patients to a statewide network of services and resources to help optimize treatment success. The Patient Advocate works one-on-one with clients to determine what resources will provide the greatest assistance in their recovery process.
Since 2010, VNA’s BCPAP has provided financial assistance and supportive services to more than 1,275 individuals undergoing treatment in 84 Nebraska and Iowa counties. The program has served breast cancer patients ranging from 23 to 92 years of age and, with the support of Susan G. Komen Great Plains and donors, has distributed over $762,000 in funds to help alleviate stress and allow clients to focus on what matters most: healing and recovery.
Gift cards may be mailed to VNA at 12565 West Center Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Attention Nikole Roach, Omaha, NE 68144. To learn more about “Plastic 4 Pink” and VNA’s BCPAP, visit https://www.vnatoday.org/plastic4pink/.