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Stillwater Fire Staff Color Hair Pink for Breast Cancer Support, Awareness


(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA  Sept. 23, 2015)  Though October is still about a week away, the Stillwater Fire Department is showing its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month early because the disease hits close to home.

SFD staff colored their hair pink and wore breast cancer awareness shirts to support Marketing Intern Mikaela Taylor’s mother, Tammie, who began her second round of chemotherapy Sept. 23.

A marketing junior at Oklahoma State University, Taylor said her mom found out she had stage two triple negative breast cancer in June.

“My mom and I were going to dye our hair together before she lost all hers during her first set of chemo, but she ended up cutting it before we had the chance because it had already started to fall out,” Taylor said. “My mom is very strong-willed and strong in the Lord, and I am reminded of that every day as I watch her positive attitude through nausea, hair loss and even, sometimes, pain.”

Taylor started interning for SFD this September. When staff heard about her plan to support her mother, they wanted to join in, too.

“SFD is a family and we want to support and help our staff and their families whenever possible,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Steve Sylvester. “We want Mikaela, Tammie and anyone in the Stillwater community and beyond who is battling or affected by this disease to know SFD is standing with you.”

For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 405-742-8362 or email

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