Released by Susan Guthrie with the City of Tyler:
The Tyler Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) needs your help "Turning Tyler Pink." On Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5-8 p.m. Tyler will welcome the Pink Heals Tour to the downtown square as part of an event to raise awareness of women's cancer.
The Pink Heals Tour features pink fire trucks that travel across the country to raise awareness of women's cancer. Each truck is signed by thousands of people who have been affected by cancer.
"The inspirational messages written on the trucks about the ravages of this disease and the spirit of those who are fighting it is something everyone should see," said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass, a breast cancer survivor. "This event will be an opportunity for the entire community to come out and honor those who have been affected by cancer."
Tyler is the first Texas city to be visited by the Tour which will go to 32 communities this fall. Area public safety officers, businesses, schools and citizens are urged to wear pink on this date to show that "Tyler cares enough to wear pink".
The Turn Tyler Pink event will feature a performance by local country singer Steve Simmons, food, fun, children's activities, health information, free screenings and a blood drive. The highlight of the event will be the pink fire engines as well as a very special presentation by the City of Tyler to the Pink Heals Tour in honor of Tonya Malcolm, the wife of a Tyler firefighter, who passed away in June 2009 after battling cancer.
In October 2008, the Tyler Fire Department wore and sold pink shirts as a fundraiser to benefit Tonya's family. The firefighters sold nearly 3,800 shirts. Funds raised this year will be donated to local cancer organizations and to assist firefighters and their families battling cancer. To purchase a Turn Tyler Pink T-Shirt from the Tyler firefighters, please visit one of the following locations beginning Oct. 9:
- Tyler Fire Station # 5, 2815 Frankston Hwy.;
- Gallery Main Street at 110 W. Erwin;
- Rose Festival Arts and Craft Show, Oct. 10; or,
- "Turn Tyler Pink" on the downtown square, Oct. 15.
In addition to selling shirts and hosting the Turn Tyler Pink event, the TPFFA will also participate in the Rose Festival Parade and host two benefit golf tournaments (Twin Lakes on Oct. 6 and Cascades on Oct. 26) to help raise awareness of women's cancers.