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Fleet of pink fire trucks, police cars to stop in Raleigh, Chapel Hill

Posted September 21, 2014

The national tour will stop at Rex Hospital on Monday, Sept. 22.

Many a young kid loves to see a single fire truck. Imagine their reaction when they see a fleet of them and all in pink. 

On Monday, a fleet of pink fire trucks and police vehicles will stop at Rex Hospital to raise awareness of breast cancer and women's health.

The Pink Heals Tour, a nationwide tour, will be at the Raleigh hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, at the Rex Hospital Patient Tower Entrance, 4420 Lake Boone Trail.

I share this because I know some kids would love to see all of the big pink vehicles, but also because they'll have some important information about breast cancer and women's health issues.

Breast cancer survivors are encouraged to sign the pink trucks. Attendees also can sign in honor or memory of a loved one. There also will be a food truck rodeo. 

Raleigh firefighter Robert Harper led the effort to bring the Pink Heals Tour to Raleigh, a press release says. Harper's wife passed away from breast cancer earlier this year. She was treated at Rex. Harper believes the event will honor her memory, the release says.

The tour, a national nonprofit, is run by volunteers and supported by the sale of pink T-shirts and other items.

On Tuesday, the fleet heads over to Chapel Hill for a parade down Franklin Street with some of the town's Carolina blue fire trucks and a display at 140 West Plaza. The parade begins at noon and moves across Carolina's campus and down Franklin Street. It stops at 140 West Franklin at 12:30 p.m. It them moves across town at 2 p.m. to Ram's Plaza where there will be a display from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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  • snowl Sep 27, 2014

    SUNSHINE1040.....I agree with your comment 100%...

    (There's always someone who'll tell you that your opinion is flawed.....sheesh!

  • sinenomine Sep 23, 2014

    The hot pink color is certainly eye catching and arguably is a better color for an emergency vehicle than the traditional red. When I was growing up in the 1950s one department near where I lived used white trucks and another used yellow trucks but these vehicles are more visually arresting than any of them.

  • enginetowersquad Sep 23, 2014

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    Though it doesn't note it in the story, these trucks are donated, often by the fire department's that they came from and are then refurbished and painted with donated funds or services. The firefighters that drive these trucks across the country do so on their own time (they are firefighters/cops that volunteer their time) almost year round all over the country as a means to raise awareness and money to support cure research. They visit homes of patients and anyone touched by cancer can sign the trucks as tribute to survivors or in memorial to those lost. If at all possible, everyone should try and see them while they are here.

  • miseem Sep 22, 2014

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    The same could be said for many types of cancer and for other potentially or truly fatal diseases. However, more is spent on breast cancer than other types of cancer. In fact, lung and throat cancer causes about 4 times as many deaths as breast cancer, and breast cancer is about on par with deaths from pancreatic cancer. I will dispute your assertion that treatment hastens death in many cases because of side effects. While generally very unpleasant, the patient is carefully monitored and treatment suspended if problems arise. No deaths from treatment? Obviously there will be some, but there are deaths from having tonsils removed. More people living after having a diagnosis of cancer now than there have ever been. While many people are dying from cancer, the odds of surviving it are slowly getting better. Awareness of cancer (like pink trucks) is important for both getting people in for screenings and contributions. We all want a cure.

  • wayneboyd Sep 22, 2014

    This will probably draw a lot of curiosity, but I think the money would have been better used in research.

  • sunshine1040 Sep 22, 2014

    I hope more is spent on research then was spent to buy and paint the fleet pink. I want a cure before it is too late for many of us. The current treatments still do not cure the disease just postpone the outcome for many and hasten death in many case because of the side effects.