Pink fire truck spreads message of breast cancer awareness

From the The Brunswick News

The bright pink fire truck in the middle of the College of Coastal Georgia campus Thursday was hard to miss, and so was its message: "Pink Heals."

Student after student came to check out the truck and the people with it who were supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some stepped up to sign the truck in honor of someone they've lost.

Sporting bright-hued firefighter jackets, college freshmen Ashley Myers, Tremesha King and Kayla Billing posed alongside the truck for photos to remember the event. Though not all of them had been affected by breast cancer, they knew the heartbreak the disease can bring.

"My best friend's mother lost her battle to breast cancer about four years ago, and I always support these events," Myers said.

King lost a young cousin to another type of cancer and Billings said the disease runs in her family.

Any chance they have to support any type of cancer awareness, they take. That was the goal of Jake Murray, the man behind the pink truck.

A firefighter in Bryan County, Murray founded Guardians of the Ribbon's Savannah chapter almost two years ago, after his fiancee's grandmother began her fight with advanced stage cancer. It didn't matter what type she had because all types can bring devastation to families.

"We try to raise awareness for all cancers. These trucks are rolling memorials with dedications to loved ones lost," Murray said, pointing to the signatures on the side of the vehicle.

The non-profit organization has 38 chapters internationally. Of the 85 decorated fire trucks and police vehicles in the nation, Murray and his chapter have five. He says they bring something extra that gets people interested, which provides an opportunity to share cancer awareness information.

Jonathan Davis, a nursing student at the college and president of the Coastal Georgia Association of Nursing Students, knows about the importance of breast cancer awareness, which is why he asked Murray and his group to visit.

"Awareness is so important, and this really gives us a chance to get the information on things like self-breast exams out there," Davis said. "Plus, all of the money this group raises goes to support survivors and their mission."

Today, many groups across the nation will be doing a "pink-out" - sporting pink attire - to spread awareness, as well. Among them are Southeast Georgia Health System and Glynn County public schools.

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Release Date: 10/11/2013
Source: The Brunswick News

By SARAH LUNDGREN