Firefighters, supporters will go ‘Pink for Patty’ on Tuesday

Firefighters, supporters will go ‘Pink for Patty’ on Tuesday

Pictured here are, from let, Fire Chief Edward DiGiulio Jr., Capt. John Laurie, president of the Local 2334 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, fire dispatcher Patty Musotic, Lt. Robert Asciolla, and fire dispatcher Tim Delaney. Firefighters and the community will come together on Oct. 28 to support Musotic, who has breast cancer.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Members of the North Providence Fire Department are planning a special fundraising event for one of their own next Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Lt. Robert Asciolla, a veteran firefighter and member of Local 2334 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, said the 6:30 p.m. event will support dispatcher Patty Musotic, an emergency response veteran of more than 27 years who is fighting breast cancer.

Asciolla said Musotic was losing her hair due to treatment, and he knew it was devastating to her. He and dispatcher Tim Delaney, who are both bald, had told their friend that when she lost her hair, they would paint a pink ribbon on their heads and take a picture with her.

Word of the promise made it around town and now there are many people interested in participating in the picture, including Mayor Charles Lombardi and his wife, Carol, said Asciolla.

Musotic is a dispatcher, but she’s “one of us,” said Asciolla. He said the goal is for the fire department and community to come together to encourage their friend.

All money raised at next Tuesday’s “Pink Ribbon Your Head Night” will go to the Rhode Island Pink Heals, which will have its pink fire truck at the event for people to sign. All money donated will be given in Musotic’s name. Musotic has insisted that she doesn’t need any money herself.

People who choose to may have their head buzzed and marked for the big picture. They can also choose to have their cheek marked with a pink ribbon.

Local 2334 President John Laurie said firefighters wish Musotic the best and are supporting her fight against breast cancer while hoping for a speedy recovery.

“We are proud to play a small part in bringing attention to early detection and breast cancer awareness through this fundraiser,” he said.

Musotic is a good example of someone who got diagnosed early enough to improve her chances, said Asciola, who said her prognosis is good.

Next Tuesday’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month event will happen at North Providence Firefighters Hall, 141 Urban Ave. Tickets are $20. They’re available at the door or by calling Asciolla at 401-639-7839 or Delaney at 401-692-0041. Checks should be made payable to Pink Heals. The event is sponsored by Friends of Patty. Hairdressers from Tangles will be available to do the shaving on site and food and refreshments will be served.

For more on the Rhode Island Pink Heals, visit www.ripinktrucks.com .