Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for Dec. 25, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by DEBBY VOLLMER -- Livingston Parish District No. 5 Fire Chief Joe Koczrowski, third from left, presents a Geaux Pink check to Kaitlyn Guerin, Cancer Center associate development director, as representatives of donor companies look on. From left are Mike Nethery, of Gulf Coast Hydro; Chelsea Bossier, of Maria’s Mexican; Koczrowski; Tim Kinchen, of Tim Kinchen Fine Homes L.L.C.; Stacey Knapp, of Magnificent Monograms; Mike O’Neal, of Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill; Kaitlyn Guerin, of Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center; Jerry Johnson, of MJ Networking; and Robert Bergeron, of Premier Credit Union.

Livingston Parish Volunteer Fire Department District 5 has helped raise awareness and money to support the fight against breast cancer.

Selling and wearing pink fire helmets during October, the department hosted its first Geaux Pink fundraiser for Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, a news release from the department said.

“We asked local businesses to sponsor special helmets to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, and we are thrilled with the outcome,” Fire Chief Joe Koczrowski said. “We are so appreciative and grateful to our participants. We will absolutely hold this event again next year.”

As part of the purchase of a helmet, the participating company’s name was printed on the front shield. The firefighters wore the helmets, which met official safety requirements, on all calls throughout the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When not actively in use, the distinctive helmets were displayed on the front of the fire truck to help promote sales to other companies.

“Even if the firefighters were just out to lunch or at an event, they would leave the pink helmet on their dashboard to keep promoting both the business donor and breast cancer awareness,” Assistant Fire Chief Chad Robinson said.

One hundred percent of the funds raised through this Geaux Pink event will help support early detection and screening programs and raise breast cancer awareness throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area, the release said.

“Geaux Pink is a fun and meaningful way to raise awareness about a disease that affects so many while raising money to help fight it,” said Kaitlyn Guerin, associate development director, Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. “The fun and creative ideas our Geaux Pink supporters create are endless. No matter how small or large the event, when combined with others, it can truly make a difference.”

Koczrowski presented a check to the Cancer Center on Dec. 4 with representatives of participating businesses in attendance. Supporters included Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill; Cornerstone Custom Cabinets; Gulf Coast Hydro; Hooters; Magnificent Monograms; Maria’s Mexican; MJ Networking; Premier Credit Union; Tim Kinchen Fine Homes LLC.

Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is the most comprehensive cancer center in Louisiana offering patients the convenience of receiving high-quality, advanced care close to home, the release said.