The Pink Heals Tour was held at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama on October 2, 2010.
The local event is
sponsored by Guardians of the Ribbon's Lower Alabama Chapter, a committee designated within the Orange Beach
Professional Firefighters Association Local 4309 that supports the Pink Heals Tour as a partner.
The event, supported by the Firefighters in Orange Beach and surrounding areas, kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in style. It started with a parade featuring the pink fire truck. There were numerous vendors, food, drinks, door prizes, raffles, silent auctions, and tents set up so those football fanatics could catch their favorite team play.
Other attractions include a station set up for video games and a medical tent that will be used for medical screenings and breast cancer screenings.
The tour, founded in 2007 by Dave Graybill of Arizona, runs for about two months each fall and the pink fire trucks travel from city to city with the hope of raising awareness and inspiring support for women fighting cancer in the communities. Wherever these trucks stop, they are seeking out survivors, people who have been in remission. I was told that there are about 40,000 signatures on the trucks.
Next year, the Orange Beach firefighters plan to have a blank canvas for signatures in the form of their own pink fire truck that was purchased with the proceeds of the department's pink T-shirt sales. Local Baldwin County fire departments have all chipped in with their own T-shirts and donated the proceeds as well.
We had a great time at this event. We hope to see you here next year.
The following is a quote from the Pink Heals Tour FaceBook:
"Cares Enough to Wear Pink"
"Guardians of The Ribbon, dressed in pink fire suits, will drive pink fire trucks across the country every year to spread our awareness campaign supporting all women in their fight against cancer. The Guardians bring the tour to help raise money and awareness for the non-profit entities that help women in their City and State. In addition, this non-profit supports and helps other non-profit programs raise money by bringing the pink fire trucks to various fund raisers.
As fire fighters and police officers, we wear a blue shirt 365 days a year. Our mission is to lose the blue and don the pink in honor of women for 3 days in October. We have designated these three days each year, October 25th, 26th and 27th, for "The Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign. Women represent a large percentage of the population, and what an impact it will have for all women to see the support in pink. We hope that our Fire and Police Chiefs and other leaders of this Country see the color pink, not just as a benefit for breast cancer, but as a way to support all women in their fight against all cancers.
The sale of the Guardians logo shirts and the donations we receive directly will be used by the Guardians of the Ribbons Inc. for gas, maintenance on the fire truck, as well as food and lodging for the tour. Guardians of The Ribbon request that all other fundraising activities and the monies raised be targeted to stay in those specific communities in which the events occur."
If you are a FaceBook member and would like to get more information about this organization, simply type "Pink Heals Tour" in the search section on FaceBook.