Pink police car highlights breast cancer awareness

Town of Smyrna Shop Manager Louis Ruggerio emerges after turning on the lights of a pink Smyrna Police Department patrol car designed to highlight breast cancer awareness. (Delaware State News/Craig Anderson)

SMYRNA — There’s no ignoring the bright pink colored police cruiser.

Smyrna Police Chief Norman Wood hopes it’s a reminder to monitor potential signs of breast cancer.

“If through this campaign we inspire just one more woman to get a mammogram, we’ve done our job,” Chief Wood said.

Before a crowd of breast cancer survivors and their supporters Friday morning, along with local elected officials, the town unveiled a patrol car like no other.

For the next few weeks, the attention-getting vehicle will be parked at various venues to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. Survivors and supportors are encouraged to sign the vehicle’s hood and trunk as it travels through the area.

“Everyone knows someone affected in some way by breast cancer,” Chief Wood said. “The fight against breast cancer isn’t a fight to be fought alone.”

In October, 31 businesses dubbed the “Daily Defenders” will host the vehicle along with a pink bucket for donations during National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

All funds raised will benefit the nonprofit Susan G. Komen Philadelphia that promotes disease research while supporting survivors.

Komen Philadelphia CEO Elaine Grobman signs a pink Smyrna Police Department patrol car in a ceremony Friday morning. (Delaware State News/Craig Anderson)

Town of Smyrna Shop Manager Louis Ruggiero outfitted the vehicle with 28 patterns of LED lights, which he flashed for the crowd Friday.

“It was a project for a great cause and I took it to heart,” he said. “The hardest thing to do was to keep it a secret.”

The Komen foundation serves all three Delaware counties and Komen Chief Executive Officer Elaine Grobman said communities throughout the state have responded with support.

“It’s an amazingly tight knit community that reacts when there’s a need,” she said of Delaware.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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