In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Forest Park Fire Department is selling masks and donating proceeds to a nonprofit group that supports those with cancer. | Photo provided

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for the third year in a row, the Forest Park Fire Department is raising money for the cause.

In past years, the department sold T-shirts, but this year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are being offered instead.

Each reusable, one-size-fits-all mask is $10, and proceeds go to Gilda’s Club Chicago, a nonprofit organization that supports individuals and families affected by cancer. Gilda’s Club is named after Gilda Radner, the “Saturday Night Live” star who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

In July 2009, Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined The Wellness Community to become the Cancer Support Community to provide counseling, education, and healthy lifestyle programs to those diagnosed with cancer and to their families, with the mission “to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. More information about Gilda’s Club Chicago can be found at

Masks can be purchased at: