ROCHELLE — October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Rochelle Police Department has partnered with the Pink Patch Project to sell pink patches and clothing to raise money for breast cancer awareness during the month.
This month has special meaning to all RPD officers but it is particularly meaningful to Officer Ryan Kovacs. His mother, Tammy Kovacs, passed away in 2015 after a five-year battle with breast cancer. Tammy was the treasurer at South Elgin High School before she passed. When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, her fellow co-workers stepped up and organized a t-shirt fundraiser to raise money for Tammy. The t-shirts featured the words "HOPE" on the front that were filled with positive words. RPD’s shirts feature the "HOPE" design on the front too. Since this fundraiser is in her memory, RPD thought it was fitting to connect it back to the original fundraiser for her.
T-shirts and patches can be purchased at the Rochelle Police Department in sizes small to XXL. Patches are $10 and t-shirts are $25. Cash or check is accepted (Make checks payable to Rochelle PD Pink Project)
Patches, t-shirts and other items like long sleeves and hoodies can be purchased at 926 Custom Embroidery, 404 Lincoln Hwy., Rochelle, IL 61068. If you aren't able to make it in to place an order, you can call 926 Custom Embroidery and place an order via phone and they will ship the order to you for an additional charge. All proceeds will be donated back to the Rochelle PD Pink Project.
At the end of the month, all proceeds will be donated to the Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva. The Living Well Center provides services and support to those battling cancer. It is free to anyone fighting cancer and it’s where Tammy went during her fight.
RPD and Kovacs thanked to everyone who has purchased items or donated and said they’re supporting a great cause. Over $5,000 has already been raised.
“And we want to keep going,” Kovacs said. “Tammy would be so happy to hear about all the support.”