Friday, September 11, 2009

The Second Annual Pink Heals Tour Launches from Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The Pink Heals Tour kicks off the second annual breast cancer awareness journey in North Las Vegas. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Road.

Beginning at 6:30 a.m. from Boulder City Fire Department, a procession of Pink Heal fire trucks will be escorted through the Las Vegas Valley by local police departments. They will reach Craig Regional Park about 8 a.m. — just in time for the festivities to began at 9 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.

The tour, which includes two pink fire engines and a pink truck company, will visit cities across the country holding health fairs focused on increasing breast cancer awareness. The pink fire trucks are manned by firefighters in pink turnouts and are adorned with thousands of signatures from breast cancer survivors, family and friends.

This year's event is an expansion of the tour that visited last year. It includes entertainment by the Scintas, food by local vendors, refreshments, sreenings for free mammograms and other health information. Fire Departments in North Las Vegas, Clark County, Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson, and Nellis Air Force Base will all participate.

The City's Fire Department will hold drawing for prizes worth up to $1,050. Firefighters will be selling Pink Heals Tour T-shirts, hats, and wrist bands. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southern Nevada.

The Pink Heals Tour, formerly known as the Pink Ribbon Tour, is not affiliated with the Pink Heals Foundation. The tour was started by Arizona firefighter Dave Graybill and Guardians of the Ribbon.

The Pink Heals Tour facilitates camaraderie within the community and among fire departments across the nation. Fire departments come together for a number of causes throughout the year, which is a nice change from their stressful day to day duties. Firefighters have particularly dangerous jobs — making relationship building outside of work necessary to build a strong team, in order to face life and death scenarios. While our daily activities may not be life threatening per se, team building events, like The Pink Heals Tour, are a perfect way to strengthen relationships and goodwill between coworkers.

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