TAMPA, Fla. – The Guardians of the Ribbon, a not-for-profit organization of firefighters, will visit Moffitt Cancer Center at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 29 as part of the 26th scheduled stop of the Pink Heals Tour.
Three pink fire trucks carrying the Guardians, firefighters donning pink fire suits, will be located across the Moffitt campus. Anyone touched by cancer is encouraged to sign the trucks.
Following the event at Moffitt, the men in their fire engines will caravan with local fire and police departments to Joe Chillura Park downtown for a rally, which begins at noon.
Dr. John Kiluk, breast surgical oncologist from Moffitt, will discuss prevention, treatment and support groups. Some of the Guardians on the tour, along with local fire and police chiefs, are expected to talk to the audience, too. Attendees are encouraged to share their stories.
Food, drinks and music will be provided at the rally. Pink Heals apparel will be for sale; allproceeds will benefit the tour and local nonprofit organizations.
Pink Heals is “a selfless army of support” bringing love and hope to communities, said Dave Graybill, founder of the organization and tour. He began with the idea of generating a nationwide movement. Graybill encourages men everywhere to stand up and join forces in celebrating women to show support for those in the community in their fight against all cancers.
“The tour is men doing what men should—honoring, protecting, and standing up to anything that might harm our women and children,” Graybill said. “Defending them at all costs, making a statement of true love and hope by coming together as a unified front, wearing her color with pride, and letting the world know that we stand ready for war against this disease.”
For more information on the Pink Heals Tour coming to Moffitt, contact Alli Harris at Alexandra.Harris@moffitt.org or (813) 745-7369. Information on the nationwide tour is available at www.pinkfiretrucks.org.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.