NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Bright pink patches and badges are being worn by more than 70 Norfolk Sheriff’s Office deputies in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
“Just reminding people that there are other people out here that are survivors and they’re fighting just like you are and live your life, don’t’ forget to live,” said Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron.
Lieutenant Felicia Morgan launched the pink patch project last year.
Morgan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, and is still reeling from her third reconstructive surgery.
Before that, she battled kidney cancer.
Tears streamed from her face as she talked about her personal journey.
“I’m a single parent, I don’t have any family here, so my family is my best friend who was there for me a lot, you know it’s painful, and trying to go through things alone, it can be hard,” explained Morgan.
She isn’t the only one that’s had a bout with cancer, several others at the office have fought it, too.
They’ve even had two male deputies survive breast cancer.
“There’s probably not one person working for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office that has not been affected by cancer in some way shape or form whether its through themselves, family, or coworkers it’s inescapable,” Morgan stated.
Sheriff Baron says they’ve lost some good people to cancer, so this is also a way to keep their memory alive.
“We lost one of our great members of the Norfolk Sheriffs Office last year to cancer and then Ron McInnis, and two years ago we lost Chuck Moore, so it affects everybody and it hurts us, but we’re more resilient when we can fight back in small ways. This is our way of fighting back,” Sheriff Baron said.
All the proceeds from the patches and badges will go to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Foundation.
Plus, it’s not just for law enforcement. Morgan is selling the patches for $5 to the public too.
Next up, Morgan says she’s working on getting pink tie tacks too.