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The Pink Patch Project makes a comeback at DPSS

By Jaqueline Cedillo

2022 marked the return of the Pink Patch Project after its absence last year at the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

The Pink Patch Project is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to fight the disease.

The innovative campaign originated in 2013 when the Seal Beach Police Department wore pink patches on their uniforms during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, according to the project’s website. In 2015, the city of Irwindale launched a pink patch campaign to raise funds for City of Hope.

At DPSS, the Special Investigations Unit first joined the project in 2020.

This year, Dorla Jones, a supervising fraud investigator and project lead, and her team sold 150 commemorative pink patches.

The funds from the project went to Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center in Temecula.  This nonprofit organization provides over 10,000 free services a year to cancer patients and their families. On Dec. 19, Jones and her team presented a check of $1,500 to Michelle’s Place.

“The goal is not only to sell the pink patches and donate the funds but it also a way to make the public aware,” says Jones.

For Jones, this campaign is near to her heart. She is a breast cancer survivor since 2017 and has lost her sister due to this devastating illness. Her sister was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2019 and passed away soon after.

“She put up a good fight,” said Jones.

Since then, Jones pledged to do something every year, like the Pink Patch Project, in memory of her sister .

Jones hopes that the campaign will get the conversation started about prevention and early detection not just in October, but all year long.

Learn more about the Pink Patch Project at www.pinkpatchproject.com.