Shrewsbury Police support early detection of cancer awareness

(l to r) Patrolman Justin Walker, Dispatcher Alex Desimone and Patrolman Brandon Bourette at Tavern in the Square.

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Shrewsbury – Neither rain nor COVID-19 could dampen the spirits of those attending the third annual Pink Patch Project event Oct. 13 at Tavern in the Square in Shrewsbury, hosted by Shrewsbury Police Department Patrol Officers Union NEPBA Local 191. 

The event is held in October in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in support of Westborough-based 15-40 Connection, an emerging national organization committed to raising awareness of early cancer detection.

“We have built a great partnership [with the 15-40 Connection] over the years and we have some people who have become ambassadors of the organization to really spread the word about early detection of cancer,” organizer Officer Christopher Abbascia explained.

Attendees had the opportunity to purchase a long sleeve white t-shirts with a Pink Patch on the front for $25 or Pink Patch for $10 as well as other items. These will be available for purchase through Monday, Oct. 26 at their website

“The campaign brings attention to the fight against breast cancer and supports cancer organizations in combating this devastating disease,” the 15-40 Connection shared in a Facebook post. “Proceeds of both will support of lifesaving work, and we are, as always, incredibly grateful for their effort and friendship.” 

Abbascia, along with fellow organizers Michael McGinnis and his wife Lisa, thanked the management of Tavern in the Square for their support.

l to r) Patrolman Justin Walker, Dispatcher Alex Desimone, Patrolman Brandon Bourette and officers Michael McGinnis and Christopher Abbascia at Tavern in the Square.