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    Patchwork: VMM-166 (REIN) Rocks pink unit patches for breast cancer awareness

    Patchwork: VMM-166 (REIN) Rocks pink unit patches for breast cancer awareness

    Photo By Gunnery Sgt. Terika King | U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 Reinforced, the air...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Paris Capers, Sgt. Hector de Jesus and Sgt. Tyler Gregory

    13th Marine Expeditionary Unit   

    PACIFIC OCEAN - Every year people around the country raise awareness for breast cancer research during the month of October.

    “In October you see the football players wearing the pink shoes and gloves on the field,” said Capt. Anthony Gleis, officer in charge of S-5 for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 Reinforced. “This is 166’s way of raising awareness for the cause and giving what we can.”

    As a fundraiser for breast cancer research, the squadron had their unit logo patches, which each Marine is authorized to wear on coveralls and flight suits, made in pink and white.

    “For each patch sold, we donate a dollar to breast cancer research,” said Gleis. The money the unit raises will be donated to fund breast cancer research.

    For some Marines, the patches have a special meaning.

    “I bought my patch because I feel like everyone is so busy day to day that they kind of forget about the things that matter,” said Sgt. Alexandra Gordon, aviation supply specialist assigned to VMM-166 (REIN). “For me breast cancer is something that hits home as quite a few of my family members have had it. I wear the patch just to raise the awareness for people who forget on a day-to-day basis -- to help remind them.”

    The Marines who’ve bought the patches are proud to have done something that benefits others and raise awareness for the cause.

    “I think it’s awesome we do this,” Gordon said. “I think that it’s a really good cause and it’s a great way to help raise money for [a cause] that means something to so many Marines and so many people in general.”



    Date Taken: 10.31.2015
    Date Posted: 10.31.2015 23:36
    Story ID: 180515

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