ECPD sponsored Pink Patch project helps cancer patients


The Emerson College Police Department will be selling pink sew-on ECPD patches throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tivara Tanudjaja / Beacon Correspondent

By Emily Roberts

The Emerson College Police Department partnered with the Ellie Fund to benefit breast cancer patients by selling pink sew-on ECPD patches throughout October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

ECPD Chief Robert Smith said hundreds of police departments across the country participate in the Pink Patch Project. For $10, students and faculty can purchase a patch from the ECPD office at 114 Boylston St. to show support starting on Oct. 1. Officers can also participate by wearing the pink patches on their uniforms.

“We don’t keep any of the money,” Smith said. “Every dollar we raise is going to the Ellie Fund.”

The Ellie Fund offers assistance to breast cancer patients who live or receive treatment in Massachusetts. Its services include transportation, housekeeping, nutritious meals, grocery assistance, and various therapeutic treatments. Deputy Chief Eric Schiazza said he picked the Ellie Fund after browsing through a variety of organizations.

“I like the idea that it is focused on family recovery and healing, not just research,” Schiazza said.