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‘Ladies in Blue’ forming thick pink line to fight breast cancer

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

MAKING STRIDES: What began as a great idea is blossoming for Washington Township Officer Heather Castronova: A huge number of female police officers continue enlisting for a breast cancer fundraising walk this month.

NYPD policewomen want in, as do a special group of retired female officers.

“I’m so happy that all of us are coming together like this for something so good,” Castronova told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “It isn’t often that we get a chance to do something like this.”

“Ladies in Blue Fighting in Pink” began with Castronova and Old Tappan Officer Katie Weaver. They signed up fellow Officers Shane Broglia of the Ridgewood PD, Rachel Morgan and Christine Udis of the Paramus department, and Edgewater Officer Christina Rae late last week.

Over the past couple of days, the group blossomed. It now includes female officers from, among other departments: Hillsdale, River Vale, Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Parsippany, Newark, the Bergen County Police Department and the Rutgers Newark campus police.

And there’s no end in sight: Female officers from New York began sending inquiries on Monday.

“It’s happening so fast,” Castronova told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “It’s hard to keep up with it.”

On top of that, retired Westwood Police Officer Andrea Napier-Brazofsky is gathering a group of fellow female retirees to participate.

“My mother was diagnosed in 2008, fought it and won, but was rediagnosed in March,” Morgan told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “She just finished her last chemo and is doing great!.”

Udis’s mom also survived breast cancer, and the two Paramus officers immediately agreed, Morgan said, “in honor of our moms and to show all of the women out there who are battling this disease that we support them.

“They can beat breast cancer.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Bergen police ‘ladies in blue’ unite to raise breast cancer awareness, funds

If you are a police officer and want to participate, go straight to “ Ladies in Blue / Making Strides .” T-shirts are being made with the names of all participating departments on back — so don’t wait until the day of the event: Sign up now .

If you want to donate: 1.800.227.2345 or

Better yet: Go directly to: Heather Castronova’s Making Strides DONATIONS Page

Making Strides Walk to Fight Cancer
WHEN: Oct. 16
WHERE: Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park
NOTE: Registration at 9 a.m.; walk at 10
TO PARTICIPATE: Ladies in Blue / Making Strides


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