'Pink Heals' brings smiles to East Texans battling cancer
Longview, TX (KETK) — There are some moments in life that leave you smiling from ear to ear. The "Pink Heals" project strives to create these moments for cancer patients and survivors.
The founder of "Pink Heals", Dave Graybill, said, "We travel across the country and bring our trucks, and basically we created a program that inspires our communities to get out and fundraise, and keep all of the money local". The non profit takes old fire trucks, paints them pink, and gives them a whole new purpose. Graybill said, "You can take a $250,000 truck or $500,000 that was bought by you in taxes, and then at the end of its life, you can reinstitute it back into the community, paint it pink, and now it drives our initiatives back to the people that paid for it".
The pink trucks symbolize love and support. On special days, the organization brings the community together to surprise those who may need some extra TLC. The President of the Gregg County "Pink Heals" chapter, Steve Denfeld, said, "This is just one of the biggest things that we do and have the most fun with, the house visit. Where we go and meet women, and men, and children of the community and just give them a hug and show them love".
People like Karla Farrell, who won her battle against breast cancer. Farrell said, "I've always denied that I had it, in my mind. You know it's like, ok I'm done, I'm good. But this, this is awesome". Bringing joy and light to an otherwise dark situation. She said, "It's amazing... I'm a survivor".
The "Pink Heals" foundation raises money through t-shirt sales, so if you are interested in purchasing or know someone who could use some love, visit: http://www.pinkfiretrucks.org/ .