Hope Dressed in Pink

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There were 3 pink fire trucks in town on August 19, 2010, and they stopped at Hammond's Candy Factory.

There were 3 pink fire trucks in town on August 19, 2010, and they stopped at Hammond's Candy Factory. These fire trucks go around 4,000 cities in 4 countries, spreading a message of love and support to women with cancer in the shape of a pink fire truck, covered in signatures and stories. They call it the 'Pink Heals' tour.

 

Dave Graybill, the Arizona firefighter who started it all three years ago with some pink paint and a retired fire truck, drives the 1st truck. Other firefighters signed up to join him in his drive across the USA. "All we are is men providing love and hope to communities," says Graybill. "This is the fastest growing movement in the country about women. Each T-shirt we sell buys us a gallon of gas."

 

The event was sweetened by special pink lollipops, pink barbershop poles, pink candy ribbons, pink lemonade, pink popcorn, and cotton candy courtesy of Hammond's Candy Factory. That's a LOT of pink!

 

Graybill has many touching stories to share. He met a lady in Southbend Indiana who had seven different cancers. She was proud to be alive and an inspiration to SO may women. "My job as a man is put 'em all in pink." He adds. "My favorite part of this is meeting complete strangers and getting a wonderful, selfless hug." Then we hopped off the bumper of the truck and walked to another truck covered in signatures, where he pointed to a signature just above the right front wheel, smiling. It was the signature of Leslie Hulse, a woman with cancer who had wanted to sign the truck. Graybill drove over a thousand miles to her house so she could sign. She died three days later.

 

Then I got to sign the truck. I traced my hand and wrote "to my Aunt Mimi, who survived!" in the palm. So, when you see pink, what do YOU think?