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Firefighters' wives share their story of battling cancer

It is going to be one pink day in Tyler on Tuesday.

Downtown Tyler will be transformed into a colorful site.

Tyler firefighters will be hosting their fourth annual 'Turn Tyler Pink' event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Well we started this about five years ago when one of our firefighter's wife was diagnosed with cancer. We wanted to help that family out so we started selling these pink T-shirts and there was so much support within the community we decided to continue and donate those funds back," says Tyler firefighter, Steve Countryman.

Rita Bristow, a local retired Tyler firefighter, has won the battle with cancer, but says it was with the help of the Tyler Fire Department.

Bristow says,"There were always there and supportive to my husband and were awesome while he got time off to be with me and support me through my journey."

Another local firefighter wife Dinah Hockman is currently fighting cancer, and says she appreciates everyone that comes out to the events.

Hockman says, "This year it just has a totally different meaning, when you're the one that it's actually benefiting, it has a whole new meaning."

Proceeds from Tuesday's event will go towards local cancer organizations in the area.

"We're doing a couple of things different this year. One of the things we're doing is we created a large banner and we're going to ask any cancer survivor or family of a cancer survivor to sign that banner. Then we're going to display it at one of the fire stations throughout the year," says Countryman, "we just want to show the women in the area that we're thinking about them, care about them and love them."

There will also be a free concert at the event.

Breaking Southwest will be performing for free here at the square.

The free event will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

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