A downtown parking lot was recently transformed into a sea of pink.
The Guardians of the Ribbon, a group that travels across the country raising awareness for women struggling with cancer, made a stop in Naperville with their pink fire trucks and a 12-foot steel ribbon as part of their Pink Heals Tour.
The Naperville Fire Department invited the group to be a part of their Pink Heals Wellness Fair and Fundraiser at the park district’s administration parking lot.
“Members of our fire department, they’ve either been personally through these struggles, or family members,” said John Sergeant, 2nd Vice President of the Naperville Professional Firefighters Union. “So it’s important for us to give back in that sense. And most importantly, keep the money we’ve raised here in the community.”
Each of the trucks are covered with messages and signatures from cancer survivors and relatives of cancer patients from across the country.
Kids were able to climb on the trucks, while others, including a bride and groom, took pictures.
Firefighters and their families wore pink t-shirts, passed out pink lemonade and cotton candy, painted fingernails and manned a raffle table.
Since starting in 2007, trucks have traveled about 126,000 miles to more than 320 cities across the country. All proceeds from the events stay in the community. Here in Naperville, money raised will go to the Edward Cancer Center.
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