The Tyler Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) “Turned Tyler Pink” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 when they welcomed the Pink Heals Tour back to the downtown square as part of the second annual event to raise awareness of women’s cancer.
The Pink Heals Tour features pink fire trucks that travel across the country to raise awareness of women’s cancer. Each truck is signed by thousands of people who have been affected by cancer.
“The inspirational messages written on the trucks about the ravages of this disease and the spirit of those who are fighting it is something everyone should see,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass, a breast cancer survivor. “This event was an opportunity for the entire community to come out and honor those who have been affected by cancer. We were particularly excited to welcome "Tonya" (a Tyler Fire truck given to the Pink Heals Tour in 2009) back to Tyler, showing off her new pink paint and messages from cancer survivors from around the U.S.”
Area public safety officers, businesses, schools and citizens were urged to wear pink on this date to show that “Tyler cares enough to wear pink”.
The Tyler Firefighters’ sale of the pink shirts began in 2008 when the wife of a fellow firefighter was struck with cancer. To raise funds to help the family, the department raised $12,000 by selling pink shirts. In 2009, the effort grew significantly with an event held on the Downtown Square that attracted more than 500 people who wore pink in support of women who are fighting cancer.
Funds raised this year as part of the shirt sales and the Turn Tyler Pink event are being donated to local cancer organizations and to assist firefighters and their families battling cancer. Tyler fire fighters raised $20,885 that will be disseminated to:
• The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure;
• The American Cancer Society;
• East Texas Medical Center Foundation;
• Trinity Mother Frances Health System Cancer Foundation;
• Fit Steps for Life;
• Total HealthCare Center;
• Northeast Texas Public Health District;
• Tyler Fire Fighter CARE Fund;
• Lone Star Pink Heals; and,
• Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network.
From City of Tyler