TREMPEALEAU, Wis. (WXOW) – Volunteer drivers from all across the nation, mostly consisting of retired or active firefighters, have been traveling throughout the county since June, driving for hope.
The National Tour of Pink Heals stopped in Trempealeau on Sunday, as pink fire trucks and drivers dressed in pink firefighter gear brought smiles to residents' faces. “We think it's more noticeable that people would notice us and wonder what we're doing, and they do,” Pink Heal Driver John Rhyne said.
The Pink Heals Tour makes stops around the nation, encouraging people to donate to their local charities. “We think going around the country, speaking to people personally and hugging everybody that signs the truck is a whole lot better than other options that we have out there,” Rhyne said.
The tour is in its eighth year, and it continues to grow. “We do this all for love,” Rhyne said. “It doesn't make a difference if it's a woman, a man or a child. We do this for them."
The tour's purpose is to help one another. "It's inspiring,” breast cancer survivor Jenny Rand said. “You see messages from people (on the truck) from all over the nation that have been touched by cancer, battled cancer, lost people to cancer. It's very touching."
Rand, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2012 after losing her father to cancer in October of the same year, said it's important to know people care. “I think the bottom line of it is support from friends, family, and neighbors. This is a national tour so this is kind of the whole U.S.A. supporting you, so it's pretty cool,” Rand said.
Pink Heals dreams that one day, they don't have to do this anymore, because it would mean that they've found cures for some of today's toughest diseases and illnesses.
The tour will continue in Hudson on Monday. The 2014 tour wraps up in November in Texas. Next year, Pink Heals hopes to make 364 stops in 365 days. For more information on the Pink Heals tour, visit pinkfiretrucks.org.
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