Addison Kimble models a firefighter jacket at the Pink Heals tour.
Pink Heals founder Dave Graybill also can set your organization up with a pink police car.
photo by Lisa Provence
Addison Kimble's dad is a firefighter and her great-grandmother has breast cancer, and the four-and-a-half-year-old checked out the pink options September 9 at the Omni, where a fleet of pink fire trucks were parked to raise awareness of women battling all cancers, not just breast cancer.
Former Arizona firefighter Dave Graybill created the Pink Heals Tour in 2007. He sold everything he owned to start a nonprofit that stresses the importance of women and of keeping money in the community where it's raised. "We're a nonprofit that won't take donations," he says. "We cut out the middleman. The money stays close to home."
The Charlottesville Fire Department sponsored the local stop. Pink Heals raises money for gas by selling t-shirts, and everything beyond that goes to a local organization, in this case, the UVA Cancer Center.
The pink fire trucks also make home visits. Graybill says he has 187 of them around the country, and if someone wants to write a check for $1 million, he promises, "I'll deliver it on a pink fire truck."