Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pink Heals Fire Truck

Hello Everyone.  Hope the Holiday Week End was great for all of you.


As a lot of you know my hubby is the Fire Chief of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department and on this holiday week end each year they have Buffalo Grove Days to celebrate Labor Day Week End.   On Sunday they have the parade and usually each year I will ride in Terry's Fire Chief Car and wave and throw candy to the kids in the crowd.  It is always fun and an honor to be part of the parade.

This year it was a little different.  Terry walked in the parade with the Village Manager, the police chief and a few of the trustee's  so my daughter, son in law (that is a firefighter) and my granddaughter Abby and I were all able to ride on the Pink Heels Fire Truck this year in the Parade.  What an honor it was.

This is the Pink Heals Fire Truck named Jessica that is part of the Northern Illinois Pink Heals Chapter part of the Guardians of the Ribbon.
You can read about this great cause here.
They also have a facebook page here.



"Guardians of The Ribbon, dressed in pink fire suits, will drive pink fire trucks across the country every year to spread our awareness campaign supporting all women in their fight against cancer. We inspire cities and empower leaders to support the women of their communities to Care Enough to Wear Pink. The Guardians bring the tour to help raise money and awareness for the non-profit entities that help women in their City and State. In addition, this non-profit supports and helps other non-profit programs raise money by bringing the pink fire trucks to various fund raisers to assist in the efforts at no charge to the organization. As Guardians of The Ribbon, are goal is to spread the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign until all are in pink shirts. Why? Because Pink Heals!"

"Guardians of The Ribbon, dressed in pink fire suits, will drive pink fire trucks across the country every year to spread our awareness campaign supporting all women in their fight against cancer. We inspire cities and empower leaders to suppothe women of their communities to Care Enough to Wear Pink. The Guardians bring the tour to help raise money and awareness for the non-profit entities that help women in their City and State. In addition, this non-profit supports and helps other non-profit programs raise money by bringing the pink fire trucks to various fund raisers to assist in the efforts at no charge to the organization. As Guardians of The Rib, are goal is to spread the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign until all are in pink shirts. Why? Because Pink He


This man is Steve Rusin who is a hero in so many ways.  First of all he is a long time dedicated firefighter for Buffalo Grove Fire Department and was the driving force behind getting this pink fire truck in action to raise money for this worthy cause.  You can read about Steve and all his efforts here.

Here is Abby on the left and her bestie Aubrey getting ready to hop on the pink fire truck for the parade.

This is Maureen aka "Queen Mo" who is a recent breast cancer survivor and this year's guest of honor to lead Jessica into the parade.

One of the beautiful things you can do is leave a sweet message, prayer, wish or blessing for anyone that has passed from cancer or is a survivor or currently fighting breast cancer on the pink heals truck.

Here are some of the crowd getting their places to watch the parade.

The honor guard starts off the parade for the fire department.

My daughter Jen and little granddaughter Abby waiting to go.

The kids were so excited to be on top of the pink heels truck in the parade.

Abby and I at the end of the parade.  Wooooo it was a hot up there on the truck.  We were a little melted!!!!

It was a fun day at the parade and all the festivities for Buffalo Grove Days.  Bittersweet with this being the last fling for summer fun.


Hope your week end was great.
Have a safe and happy week.
Kris

:)

38 comments:

  1. What a great thing, Kris! I'd never heard of the pink heals truck before - thanks for sharing. Your Abby is growing up, and such a pretty girl!

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    1. Thanks Rita. It was a fun day. Woooooo hot and melted but fun. Abby is 4 years old going on 40!!!!! LOL!!! Love that little one.
      Hope your week end was a good one.
      Kris

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  2. That look like so much fun!!!!! I love the pink heals truck....so special!!!!!
    ~Des

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    1. Hi Des,
      It was a whole lot of fun even with the heat. Great cause I was honored to be part of this. Hope your week end was great too.
      Kris

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  3. How neat! That looked like a fun old fashioned parade with a great cause. I know you all had a good time. So nice to see pics of you and your family too.

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    1. Kelly,
      I know this would be near and dear to your heart with your hubby being a firefighter too. They are all hero's in my book. Hope you enjoyed the holiday week end.
      Kris

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  4. How wonderful Kris! Thank's for bringing awareness to the Pink Heals Firetruck! I haven't heard of this. Great pics of your family at such a special day.

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    1. Hi Kathleen,
      It is a wonderful cause and an honor along with lots of fun to be a part of this in the parade this year. Hope your holiday week end was good.
      Kris

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  5. What a wonderful tradition and cause for fighting breast cancer Your community is a wonderful force coming together in such a meaningful way. Thank you for this post Kris, it would be wonderful if every community did this.

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    1. Thanks Teresa. It is such a great cause. Hope your week end was good.
      Kris

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  6. Kris,
    I loved seeing the photos of sweet Abby, you and family riding in the parade. I hadn't heard of Guardians of the Ribbon and I'm going to see if Philadelphia is part of their awareness drive. Kris I have loss two of my best friends to breast cancer, Nancy and Pam. Your post today is heartfelt and I thank you. Your husband and son-in-law are hero's to us all. I've always found it amazing that firefighters run into a building on fire while others flee it in an effort to save lives and fight the fire. Simply put they are our Hero's.
    XO,
    Vera

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  7. Oh it looks like such a fun day! Love the pink fire truck!

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  8. How fun to ride in the parade! You and Abby look so cute.

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  9. What a wonderful thing to do. My hat is off to all that help with the Pink Firetruck. Looks like everyone enjoyed the parade and Abby and you look like you had a terrific time.
    We have a fire truck here in Fullerton, CA (a vintage one) that at Christmas time they decorate it all over with Christmas lights and decorations and go around collecting toys for tots. these toys are given to children that would not get anything for Christmas.
    So glad that everyone had a wonderful time.
    Mary

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  10. What a wonderful idea and cause. Looks like yo and that cute granddaughter had a fun time. xo Laura

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  11. Wow, what a special time and a great idea.
    We had a great weekend too.
    Have a great Tuesday.
    Carla

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  12. What a fun thing to do on a holiday! I'm sure Abby will always remember riding that pink fire truck!

    Judy

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  13. Looks like a fun day for a great cause! Wonderful photos!

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  14. I ' ve never heard of this wonderful pink fire truck. What a clever and great idea for a very important cause. You' ve got a such beautiful family.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  15. Kris, I love the pink truck! What a wonderful cause, and a great honor for you and your family to be in the parade! :)
    Susan

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  16. That's fun and for a great cause! Love the photos of you and yours. :)

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  17. What a wonderful post! I loved reading about Jessica, the Pink Heal Fire Truck. Such an amazing cause - thanks for sharing.

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  18. Love the pink firetruck...for such a great cause. I need to show the Pink Heal Firetruck to my son-in-law that is a fireman.
    ~Cindy

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  19. What a great event! I love the pictures of your family, Kris! Looks like a fun weekend. Sad to see summer winding down.
    Have a good week.
    Debbie
    xo

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  20. Looks like a super fun event. I've not heard of Guardians of the Ribbon, I'll have to check it out! Thanks for sharing! Glad you all got to participate :) Blessings, Cindy

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  21. Wow...how great is that pink truck...looked like you all had such a great time for such an incredible cause!...

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  22. What a great family tradition, Kris! I'm sure you had a fun time tossing candy with your daughter and granddaughter. It's all for a very worthwhile cause, too. The mining company near us purchased a pink (huge) truck this year and featured it in our July parade. The workers even wore pink hardhats and vests! Every bit of progress we can make towards a cure is getting us closer. How wonderful that family members can leave messages on the firetruck!

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  23. What a wonderful event, Kris.I love guys who are not afraid of pink. You and your girls look so cute!!!
    Julia

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  24. how great you could write on the truck! looks like a fun day! great pic of you and abby, too:)

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  25. Awww! Loved seeing this Kris! What a fun day and your daughter and granddaughter are beautiful! The apple does not fall far... :-)
    Happy Hump Day!

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  26. Loved the pictures an what a great time and special thing to do. Beautiful and thanks for sharing this with us. People do wonderful things for a great reason!

    Cindy

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  27. Such wonderful photos for a great cause. Small town living is the best!! Have a beautiful day. I'm glad I found your blog!! : )

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  28. I love this! What a great idea to add a note, prayer or wish, too. Y'all look like you are having fun. And what fun it must have been to be in a PINK fire truck.

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  29. What a beautiful, and loving idea! I lost my best friend my Mom to breast cancer 3 years ago and not a day goes by that I don't miss her. I wish I was there to write her name on the pink truck! You come from a wonderful community and what a beautiful family you have made there! Your Daughter and Grandaughter are so pretty, even melted! You brought tears to my eyes with this story... but happy tears and tears of hope! Thanks for sharing it!
    Hugs as always!

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  30. Awww, Kris- I missed this. I am trying to catch up on blogs a bit at a time. OMGosh- that Abby is so darned cute I could just squeeze her! (well, not hard). She is darling. That is a wonderful truck and what a great thing for Steve to have headed up. I am so glad to see things like this being done. I wonder how many pink firetrucks there are out there?

    Hey-you do look a little warm there but you sure look happy and sweet. You look young enough to be Abby's Mom....better NOT tell your daughter I said that- it kind of ticks them off....lol xoDiana

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  31. Looks like a really fun time! I love the purpose of the Pink Heals truck! So neat! Great way to wind up summer, although I hate to see it go. From our weather forecast, it will feel like summer for a bit longer! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Leena

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  32. What a beautiful way to celebrate finding a cure for cancer - love this !
    I walked 60 kilometers for research once - one of the most rewarding things I've ever done -
    And can I say that you, your daughter, AND Abby look like triplets !
    xoxo

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  33. What a fun day! You know I love that pink truck ...and most importantly what it stands for! Sweet photos of Abby!

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