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October 24, 2012 / iDriveWarships

USS Sampson Goes Pink in the Name of Breast Cancer Awareness

By Ensign Kristen Scally, USS Sampson Public Affairs

During the month of October, the crew of USS Sampson (DDG 102) has incorporated the color pink into their Uniform of the Day. While working aboard in coveralls, the crew is authorized to wear pink command ball caps in honor of the 27th annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sales from the ball caps directly benefitted the cause.

The fundraiser was initiated by the Chief’s Mess upon discovering the idea from one of their own. GSEC(SW) Francisco Rubio had 24 pink navy ball caps made for his own family as a way of showing support for his sister who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

The Sailors bought 500 ball caps in support of the cause. Many of the Sailors gave them to their wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins and friends who have been affected by breast cancer.  

On Oct. 2, the Sailors donned the pink caps and mustered on the forecastle to present a $2,500 check to Laura Farmer, a representative of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the most renowned breast cancer research and awareness organizations in the country. Every year the organization hosts seminars, walks and runs to raise funds and awareness for the cause. Everyone can get involved in the mission to inform, educate, prevent and treat breast cancer.

No one expects to see breast cancer cured with just a single donation, but the crew aboard USS Sampson hopes to inspire others to get involved and become one step closer to a cure.



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  1. FC1 (sw) Crase / Oct 24 2012 5:59 pm

    How can I order one? I never served aboard the USS Sampson, I was a plankowner aboard USS Benfold… but I have 3 diagnosed breast cancer fighters in my family and I love the idea of the pink command caps.

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