Friday, October 19, 2018

(Investigative Tech Michelle Faxon was recently featured in an article on the City of Hope website)

October 11, 2018
by Maxine Nunes

As an investigative tech with the San Bernardino District Attorney Child Abduction Unit, Michelle Faxon and her colleagues track down between 30 and 50 children a month who have been illegally taken by a parent.

Faxon is also a two-time
breast cancer survivor, and during that journey she discovered she was not alone among her co-workers.
“There are so many people in our office who have either gone through breast cancer or had somebody very close to them go through it,” she said.

It’s one of the reasons there are now two versions of their Bureau of Investigation insignia. There’s the standard one — and then there’s the
Pink Patch Project design, created by her supervisor, Carlos Flores, with two embroidered pink ribbons on either side of the scales of justice.

Participants in the Pink Patch Project — law enforcement personnel, fire departments, ambulance services and many other public safety agencies across the country — raise funds to support breast cancer research.
Sales of pink patches from these agencies go to fund research at City of Hope.

“Our patches sell like hotcakes,” she said. “And people contact us from all over the United States wanting to add our Pink Patch to their collection.”

Faxon is often the one people seek out for advice about breast cancer, and one of the things she recommends is
genetic testing.

Michelle Faxon with husband Frank She herself has been tested twice at City of Hope — the second time because the technology had advanced — and both results showed that she is not genetically predisposed to the disease. So we asked her why she still thought testing was important.
“Genetic testing gave me peace of mind,” she said, “and not just for me, but for my siblings.”

She also explained that for those who have inherited a cancer gene, test results can also make a significant difference.

“People can act on this genetic awareness by taking better care of themselves, eating healthier, exercising more. You can do some research and learn what your options are,” she said. “Don’t stick your head in the sand.”

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Congratulations to our Bureau of Investigation BBQ Team who won The Third Annual Blues Brews Badges & BBQ Competition this past weekend. Proceeds help support the San Bernardino Police Foundation.

Our team won First Place in the Ribs Category, First Place in the Tri-Tip Category and Best in Show. You might recall our team won last year as well--so the traveling trophy won’t have to go very far this year.