AUGUSTA, Maine — With five breast cancer survivors, all associated with Maine State Police, watching, the first State Police cancer awareness license plate was attached to a Maine State Police cruiser on Monday.
Col. Robert Williams, chief of the State Police, said his department’s marked police cruisers will display the plate during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The plates were purchased by the Maine State Police Trooper’s Association and later will be auctioned off as collector’s items by the Maine Cancer Foundation, with the proceeds benefiting three Maine cancer groups.
According to a press release, Col. Williams said, “ We all know someone that has been affected by breast cancer. The State Police is no different. We have had co-workers, family members and friends all stricken with this devastating disease. Last year the Maine State Troopers Association came forward with a project to help those affected by breast cancer. When they approached me with what they had in mind, I could not have agreed more. The project will run throughout the month of October, which is also National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“The Maine State Police is pleased to participate in this effort to honor the many lives lost each year to this disease, and to promote the importance of early detection. In this room there are a number of survivors who have overcome breast cancer, and who have a renewed sense of life because of it. To each of you, congratulations for winning your battle and thank you for inspiring us that there is hope for the future. “