Titan Total Training hosts breast cancer awareness concert
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 by Matthew Girard
The color pink was on full display in the parking lot of Titan Total Training in Temple on Monday evening as the Pink Hearts Tour, complete with pink fire trucks and a pink bus, held its "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" event.
In conjunction with Titan's first birthday, the event featured food, live music from the band Spitfire and numerous vendors selling pink-themed merchandise. There was also a casino inside and participants donated money for chips at the tables.
The Pink Hearts Tour is a part of Pinkheals.com and Pinkfiretrucks.org with pink vehicles traveling around the nation helping raising money for cancer research of all kinds and helps raise awareness about the disease.
Pink Heals and Guardians of the Ribbon coordinator Shelly Fowler said wanted to start a chapter in Bell County for the benefit of women in the county.
"I've always had the support of the local fire and police departments and my goal is to get a pink fire truck for the community to help raise money and support the women of Bell County," Fowler said.
Fire and police departments from all over the county came out in support and brought out their emergency vehicles for the children to climb on.
Temple Fire Department Chief Lonzo Wallace the firemen were happy to come out and offer their support.
"It's something that we feel real strong about supporting," Wallace said. "It's an opportunity for us to show our support for what she is going through, so the least we could do was come out and give our support."
Wallace also invited a special guest to the event to show their support.
Earlier this year, Debra Reels who is a custodian for the City of Temple and works in the fire department buildings, was diagnosed with breast cancer and eagerly came out to the event.
"Chief Wallace asked me to come and I said I would be honored," Reels said. "It means a lot to me because I know there are a lot of people here for other people who have cancer."
The proceeds of the event well benefit the Pediatric Cancer Center at McLane Children's Hospital.
"When you get the initial news from the doctor, it's a very scary moment in someone's life," Fowler said. "They can feel like they are alone, but with this they know they have all of this love."
For more information about supporting breast cancer, visit www.pinfiretrucks.org or www.pinkheals.com.