DOWNERS GROVE – Firefighters and police officers dressed head-to-toe in pink gear hopped aboard pink fire trucks and made their way to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital on Tuesday to raise awareness of cancer as part of the Pink Heals Tour.
The Pink Heals Tour visited with patients in the hospital’s oncology unit and at home.
The visits occur across the country and are a time for the firefighters and police officers to offer hugs and encouraging words to those fighting cancer.
Downers Grove firefighter Joel Mains has been volunteering and traveling the country on the Pink Heals Tour since 2010, when he and fellow firemen dressed in pink firefighting gear and arrived unannounced at the home of a woman who had just finished her first round of chemotherapy.
In addition to their national tour, Pink Heals also has numerous local chapters that allow support to be given to women throughout the year.
The visit to Good Samaritan Hospital launches a local chapter for the Chicago area.
Community members took photos with the pink fire trucks during the visit to Downers Grove, met firefighters on the Pink Heals Tour and purchased T-shirts to support the Wig Boutique.