TAVARES — Lake County Professional Firefighters will hold a dedication ceremony for its new pink fire truck during the “Turn Lake County Pink” women’s cancer awareness campaign. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 behind the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
The community is invited to come sign the truck in honor of those that have battled or are battling cancer, or in memory of those family members that have been lost to the battle.
“The truck will be used to help bring hope, support and awareness for not only breast cancer, but for all cancers that women face,” said Lt. Brian Gamble, Vice President of the Lake County Professional Firefighters. “We hope that a symbol such as a pink fire truck, along with our firefighters saying ‘we are here to try to help,’ will encourage those that are going through the battle to keep up the fight.”
Lake County Firefighters started their “Turn Lake County Pink” campaign three years ago by wearing pink uniform shirts, and later, by selling the shirts to help raise money for cancer support organizations in Lake County.
This dedication is kicking-off several events this month, including the first-time-ever arrival of the National Pink Heals Tour, a tour of pink fire trucks. Lake County’s pink fire truck is elevating the campaign locally, and will be used as a mobile tribute to those that have battled cancer or lost loved ones to cancer.
The Lake County Professional Firefighters will host two stops as part of the National Pink Heals Tour. In addition to the parade of pink fire trucks, there will be vendors, food, music and more at each stop.
The first event will be co-hosted by the Professional Firefighters of the Villages, and will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center, 510 Colony Blvd., in The Villages. The second stop will be co-hosted by the Professional Firefighters of Leesburg, and will be from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at Gator Harley Davidson, 1745 U.S. Highway 441, in Leesburg.
Proceeds raised from the stops will be used to help local cancer support organizations in Lake County.
For more information about the “Turning Lake County Pink,” campaign, the pink fire truck appearances and other events throughout the month, visit www.lakefirefightercharity.org.