Tyler Firefighters to turn Tyler pink

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 12:25pm

To raise awareness of women’s cancer, Tyler Firefighters are inviting the entire community to don their pink shirts for the second annual TURN TYLER PINK event on Oct. 5, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. on the Downtown Square.

The event will feature the Pink Heals Tour, a caravan of pink fire trucks that travel the country to raise awareness of cancer that are signed by thousands of people who have been affected by the disease, as well as a blood drive, health information, music, free screenings, food, and of course – firefighters in pink!

“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 is an opportunity for the entire community to come out and honor those who have been affected by cancer. We are 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.”

Turn Tyler Pink shirts and caps can be purchased at:

• Gallery Main Street – 110 W. Erwin;
• Carter Blood Care – 815 S. Baxter; and,
• Holiday Inn South Broadway – 5701 S. Broadway.

Proceeds from the sale of Turn Tyler Pink shirts benefit local cancer organizations. In 2009, the Tyler Firefighters CARE Fund donated more than $20,000 to organizations that support the fight against cancer.

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.

“With the amazing turn out we experienced during last year’s event, we are really excited to see how many people turn out to support women with cancer,” said Tyler Fire Chief Neal Franklin. “This is an important event to not only raise money for the fight, but also to raise awareness.”

Partners for Turn Tyler Pink 2010 include the Tyler Professional Fire Fighters Association, Tyler Fire Department, Susan G. Komen For The Cure, American Cancer Society, Carter BloodCare, ETMC/Cancer Institute, Trinity Mother Frances/Ross Breast Center, City of Tyler, North East Texas Health District, Texas Oncology/Tyler Cancer Center, PECAT, Tyler Hematology/Oncology, Total HealthCare Clinic, Heart to Heart Hospice, FitSteps For Life, Holiday Inn South Broadway, Tyler CVB, TISD, Smith County, East Texas Radio Group, and Gallery Main Street.

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