Published: May 31, 2014 8:42 AM EDT

Fort Myers, Fla.- Pink Heals Southwest Florida, Inc. took over downtown Fort Myers Saturday for the Ribbons and Laces 5K Run and Walk. The 5K run route is from Harborside Event Center, over the Edison Bridge and back and is being held to support the local chapter of the Pink Heals Tour as well as Emiyah Castro, a young local girl
battling Leukemia.

Pink Heals Southwest Florida is a local chapter of a national non-profit organization supporting women and their families and creating awareness of cancer. "Women are historically the backbone of the family and we need to do everything we can to support them and their loved ones" says Pink Heals spokesperson, Keith Cortner. "We wear pink because pink stands for women and pink heals. We bring our pink fire trucks to cities so that they can be used in fundraisers to generate proceeds that will stay in their communities to help pay bills, create immediate care and to provide general financial help for families that may be struggling. We are a non-profit organization, and the money raised in each community stays in that community and can continually be generated by the sale of shirts" said Dave Graybill, founder of the Pink Heals Tour.

Pink fire trucks all over the nation carry signatures of survivors and words of encouragement and remembrances for those that may have lost their battle along the way. The Pink Heals Southwest Florida Chapter uses its pink truck to attend fundraising efforts supporting organizations in the area that also commit funds to stay here in Southwest Florida. Our mission is to raise funds or support those groups that hold fundraisers and generate funds that will stay in our communities to help pay bills and provide assistance to families that may be struggling. Money raised in the community stays in the community. The Southwest Florida chapter's goal is to support efforts in the five county areas of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties.