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Pink Fire Truck Rolls into Minot

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There are quite a few fire trucks in the Minot area. But today, there may have been one that caught your eye.

As Bismarck firefighter and emergency medical technician Brandon Hassgets ready to start his day, he's not responding to a fire; he's been called to help others fight a different type of battle.  One that's all too familiar.

"This is special to me because I lost my step-mom and my grandma to cancer. One had blood cancer.  And, the other had eye cancer.  I lost both of them within two years."

For the past three years, Hass has been involved with North Dakota's Pink Heals Chapter, a national effort to raise awareness for breast cancer.  And the pink fire truck made a stop at the Cancer Care Center in Minot.

There are thousands, probably millions of signatures on the Pink Heals fire truck. It's a way of honoring those who have lost the fight to cancer and those who are still fighting.

"It's just more of recognition in memory of and to raise awareness for cancer," says Hass.

"When I walked around the truck, and I saw the many signatures, and I saw the messages, it was amazing because behind every signature, behind every message is somebody real. It's someone fighting," says medical director Kevin Collins, Trinity Cancer Care Center.

One of those fighters is Phyllis Richardson who has been battling ovarian cancer for 16 years. But, she hasn't given up.

"We just go with the ups and downs, and I don't know I just don't feel like I've been through that much.  But, I guess I have," says Richardson.

Richardson was at the Cancer Care Center for chemo when the pink fire truck pulled up.

"Oh, it's here, because they told me that it was coming. And [they said], 'We would like you to go out there and get in there and get a ride.' And I was like, 'No!'"

But after some convincing, Richardson was ready for a trip of a lifetime.

"Ready to go," says Richardson.  "Thrilled, honored, and humbled."

"We got a pink truck, sirens going. She knows she's the single most important person right now.  And, it just makes them feel good.  And, as a driver, it makes us feel good," says Hass.

As Richardson goes back inside the Cancer Care Center for treatment, she's again inspired to keep fighting.

"Fight, fight, fight," says Richardson.

It's a day Richardson says she wouldn't give up for anything.

This is the first time the Pink Heals fire truck visited Minot. 

All of the money raised selling pink t-shirts at each stop goes towards the operational costs of the fire truck.




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