Wait — was that fire truck pink? Yes, for the most encouraging of reasons

Above photos: The Pink Heals crew stopped at Kingsbury Elementary School to pay a surprise visit to 1st grader Ellie Wilson, 7. Ellie was born with spina bifida myelomeningocele. She will be undergoing her 11th surgery in December. Ellie received a gift bag, signed her name on the truck and was treated to a ride with her brother.

 WNLP photos by Bob Wellinski (click to enlarge)

Symbols of hope and encouragement come in many forms. One of the more unusual ones motored through LaPorte on Sept. 5, 2017, making several stops to cheer on local residents of all ages facing major health challenges. This sign of encouragement was hard to miss: It was a full-size fire truck — bright pink — the official vehicle of the Pink Heals National Tour.

The LaPorte Fire Department hosted the Pink Heals visit. The tour partners with local public safety agencies, businesses and families to bring communities together by providing visits to show people they are loved, cherished and important to others. Tour drivers volunteer up to 21 days at a time to drive pink fire trucks and police cars across America.

The Pink Heals Tour fire truck that visited LaPorte made several stops as its firefighters disembarked to offer comfort to people battling various health challenges. They visited two Crichfield Elementary School students fighting forms of cancer; patients at Michiana Hematology Oncology; a student at Kingsbury Elementary School who has spina bifida; an assembly of several classes at Riley Elementary School; Pastor Dennis Meyer, who recently lost his wife to cancer; and LaPorte Clerk-Treasurer Teresa Ludlow, who is fighting cancer.

To view a short video of the Pink Heals gang visiting Teresa Ludlow at LaPorte City Hall, click on this link:


LaPorte’s Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center donated accommodations for the Pink Heals volunteers.

More information on Pink Heals can be found at www.pinkfiretrucks.org.

This photo and those below: Patients and staff at Michiana Hematology and Oncology in Westville sign the truck and greet representatives.

One Response to “Wait — was that fire truck pink? Yes, for the most encouraging of reasons”

  1. Amber

    Sep 08. 2017

    They also stopped and visited shelley hacker who lost her son josh birchfield in Afghanistan. Such a lovely group of people doing a great thing.

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