By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Escorted by a group of American Legion Auxiliary motorcycle riders, the Pink Heals Tour made a grand entrance into Corinth Thursday afternoon in a fundraising event for the Susan G. Komen North Mississippi Affiliate.
The group of three pink trucks – known by name as Karen, Leslie and Ida Mildred – are painted pink to represent women, said founder Dave Graybill.
Graybill said his organization provides a centerpiece around which groups can organize fundraising for charities, with all proceeds staying in the local community.
“We have a brand and a logo and people can use that brand as a fundraiser,” he said.
Sally and Dan McLemore of Corinth came to the Crossroads Arena event to honor a woman friend who had died last year of breast cancer, and a neighbor who died last week of esophageal cancer.
“It touches everybody,” Sally McLemore said.
For Debbie Edge of Corinth, attending the Pink Heals event honored her daughter – a Rienzi firefighter – and also people diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Anything to do with breast cancer I like to support,” she said.
Biggersville Fire Department Capt. Jonathan Rider saw information about the tour while browsing the Internet. He was particularly interested in having an event to raise awareness about breast cancer because both of his grandmothers are breast cancer survivors.
“I was excited they consented to be a part of this event,” Rider said.
The team that arrived in Corinth Thursday was more than he expected.
Pink Fire Truck Karen is the national truck, which pulls a trailer mounted with a silver-colored hammer metal ribbon statue. The national truck was accompanied by a second Pink Fire Truck, Leslie, both bearing signatures of thousands of cancer survivors.
Along with the fire trucks is a touring bus which carries memorabilia sporting the Pink Heals logo which is sold to support the Pink Heals organization.
Two surprise fire trucks visiting Corinth were the Ida Mildred from the Pink Heals Memphis Chapter, and the off -white colored truck named Gunner. Gunner is the first truck in a new program to launch soon that will be dedicated to raising funds for children’s charities.
The Pink Heals Tour is in Pontotoc today, expected to arrive about 10:15 a.m. The day-long schedule includes visits to Pontotoc, North Pontotoc, South Pontotoc and Ingomar high schools, and the Pink Fire Trucks set up at the farmers market 5-8 p.m. for fun and entertainment.