LEE COUNTY, Fla -- It's a tour honoring and giving hope to women who are cancer survivors. The Pink Heals Tour, complete with pink fire trucks, rolled into southwest Florida today.
Behind the wheel is a group of firefighters who call themselves "The Guardians of the Ribbon". A pink fire truck is something you don't see everyday, but a few of them rolled into downtown here around noon. One stayed downtown, while others, started a tour through Ft. Myers and Cape Coral, visiting women who are proud to call themselves survivors of cancer.
"Right before school started I was diagnosed with breast cancer," said Nancy Andrews.
She is adding her name to hundreds on pink fire truck. She's been a teacher at Diplomat Elementary for 16 years.
"Its very overwhelming. The reason I asked them to come to Diplomat instead of my home was because of the support that I've had, not only from my school but my church as well," said Andrews.
"A few weeks ago, we didn't know if she'd survive, and seeing her go through this and being so strong, for me and for my sister especially has been so encouraging to me and to her," said Nancy's daughter Ana Rushing.
Arizona firefighter Dave Graybill started the Pink Heals tour in 2007 with $3,000. Now, dozens of pink fire trucks tour the country for three to four months a year bringing hope to communities.
"When I see a signature, I see that I"ve actually touched a soul, I've actually touched a life. I didn't talk about it. I didn't buy it. I didn't purchase anything. I drive across America and wherever I stopped I spread a message," said Graybill.
The drivers are all volunteers.
"It's an awesome group of people, it's an awesome cause, and its all positive. There's nothing negative about it," said Steve Rusin, a driver from Chicago.
They don't accept donations. They sell shirts. That money is then given to charities in each community.
"We have an opportunity to do an event in our own community, with our own community leaders, police, firefighters, teachers, nurses, and we get to keep our money," said Cape Coral firefighter Brendan Fonock.