The West New York Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) donated $5,440 to the American Cancer Society yesterday, a significant improvement on their $4,000 contribution from last year.
A couple dozen members of the West New York Police Department gathered near the front of their headquarters on 60th Street early yesterday evening to make their annual contribution to the American Cancer Society.
“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s premiere breast cancer event,” Christine Santee, the community manager for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, told Hudson County View.
“We have over 300 walks around the country, this particular event supported Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Ridgefield Park, where we had almost 15,000 people come out and the West New York Police Department is a huge supporter, every year, of this event.”
With an overall 2015 goal of $580,000, Santee further expressed her thanks for the continued support of the West New York PD in this endeavor.
Police Det. Karriem “Kevin” Shabazz explained that the American Cancer Society is just one of several causes the officers get involved in, but this one has a special place in his heart since his mother is a cancer survivor.
He also discussed the hat design that was made for the cause: the word “Hope” which includes both the blue police shield and the pink breast cancer ribbon.
“Well, the hat, as you can see, has “Hope” with the police shield and the cancer ribbon on the end. It was designed by the wife of one of our police officers, Det. Abreu, did the design for us.”It was on the back of the shirt this year: people loved it.”
“It was a really, really special thing she did out of her own time to come up with the design – we didn’t even ask her. Like I said, it’s something that everybody comes together and contributes whatever they can: whether it’s selling shirts, or purchasing a couple of extra to give to friends and family. This is a community wide event and we love it.”