Firefighters paint Greenville "Pink" to raise money for cancer - WNCT

Firefighters paint Greenville "Pink" to raise money for cancer

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

North Carolina firefighters painted the town "Pink" to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

On Sunday, Greenville Fire and Rescue held its first” Pullin’ for Pink” event. Local firefighters joined “The Pink Heals Tours” ride around town to visit Pitt County woman fighting cancer. Firefighters gave the woman flowers, took pictures, and gave them the opportunity to sign their names on the pink fire trucks.

It’s a special day for D.H. Conley math teacher, Jennifer Neague, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.

“It was great. It was fantastic. Just to see all the names and know that I can add to it," said Neague.

Greenville’s Nan Wynne also received a visit from the firefighters. She says she couldn't’t think of a better way to mark her one year anniversary of starting treatment.

“Oh my gosh! I can't even put it into words, I really can't. This was very exciting. It was a lot more than I thought it was going to be," said Wynne.

Both women joined hundreds of people who came out to the event Sunday afternoon. More than 20 teams squared off in a 100 yard engine pull in uptown Greenville. Sunday’s event raised more than $4,000 for the local charity, Gardeners for Hope.

Greenville Fire & Rescue Chief Shannon Terry says the fire department couldn'tpass up a chance to support the local community.  

“We had to be involved. This was great opportunity to be involved with women in our community," said Greenville Emergency Medical Services Battalion Chief, Shannon Terry.

This is the first time the city has put on the “Pullin for Pink Engine Pull” event.

Retired firefighter, Dave Graybill started “The Pink Heals Tour” and the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” movement in 2007.

Graybill says they now have several trucks and more than 400 volunteers, who visit countless communities in the pink fire trucks,

Graybill says they plan to expand from cancer awareness to other issues women face on a daily basis.

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