Rick Smith hopes to see Gardendale turn pink next month.

Smith and his fellow firefighters at the Gardendale Fire Department are selling pink T-shirts as part of a nationwide “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign to raise money for breast cancer research.

Smith wants everyone in the area to wear their “Gardendale Cares Enough to Wear Pink” shirts Oct. 25-27 in a show of support for cancer patients, survivors and those who have died from the disease, as well as their families.

“It just felt like the right thing to do,” said Smith, who came up with the idea when he heard about the Pink Heals Tour, which is a program initiated by firefighters in Arizona to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

Firefighters are selling the shirts for donations of at least $10 through Sept. 27. The shirts are available at the Gardendale Fire Department, Gardendale Police Department, Gardendale Civic Center, Gardendale City Hall and the Gardendale-Martha Moore Public Library.

“Everyone from the city is pulling together,” Smith said. “It’s great that everyone is pitching in.”

Smith said firefighters will deliver shirts to businesses that order five or more. Children’s sizes must be pre-ordered.

For more information or to pre-order, call the fire station at 631-6660.

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