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Thumbs up, thumbs down for Downers Grove

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 2:11 p.m. CDT
Joel Mains (left) and Bryan Vrbenec, both of the Downers Grove Fire Department, volunteer with Pink Heals. Vrbenec said the most rewarding part of each home visit is seeing how surprised people are when the pink fire engines show up. Pink Heals supports mostly women cancer patients in need of cheer.

Thumbs up to Downers Grove Fire Department member Joel Mains for his work with the Pink Heals Tour. Pink Heals started in 2007 as a group of current and retired firefighter-paramedics who wanted to help people battling cancer – with a focus on women. Seven years later, Mains is the Chicago chapter founder and helped coordinate a national tour that features Pink fire trucks and decked-out volunteers traveling across America to fundraise educate others and visit women who are going through a tough time.

Thumbs up to Paul Pustelnik and his family for their budding business selling Kintsugi pottery, a Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold. What started as a family activity has blossomed into a profitable online business, as the Pustelniks sell about 10 bowls a week, worldwide, to the ring of $30 or $40 each, depending on the difficulty of the mending. Hats off to the Downers Grove family; not only have you found you discovered an enriching family activity, but you have also turned it into a profitable business.

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