Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Making events is our top priority

Two sisters, one celebrating a birthday and using the party to raise money for a breast cancer organization that is building a medical center, the inspiration on behalf of her mother who is a survivor. We are so lucky to have been invited to be a part of this event and we look forward to having them as friends for a long time.
Bethany Learning Center asked us to come by and show off the truck to all the preschoolers and teachers for a few hours.

We also spent the day at the three day event on Sunday to cheer on the walkers, it was good to see so many walkers that have already signed our truck. We also saw ladies wearing our pink heals shirts and even found time to stop and let a few hundred walkers sign the truck.

Please understand that we will visit any group that is supporting a women who is going through cancer and we are FREE. We believe in Karma and we believe that this fight is way to big to close our doors to other organizations, just to save a few dollars. Cancer is the biggest bully of them all and we need to come together to fight it, that means more of us who haven't been affected, need to step up and lead the way. Men speaking on behalf of our women, wearing their color. (pink) Leaders who are men standing in the front showing that they care just by wearing pink, eventually marching on their behalf because it is in our nature as men to take care of our women. When this happens on a National scale people will take notice and you will see things get accomplished, "I can feel it"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pink Heals Fire Station 1

Kirk Van Cleave AIA, NCARB
232 Avenida Fabricante Suite 112
San Clemente, CA 92672
P: (949) 361-7950 F: (949) 361-7955
These architects are the ones who are working with us to build the first pink fire station to honor our women who battle cancer. Our goal and it is a big one, will be to build five of these across the Country. We will be selling bricks, which will have a womens name on it, who has either won or lost her battle to cancer. These bricks will be displayed all over the fire station, we see this station being an insperational landmark for our women.
Pink Heals Fire Station 1

An 8,000 square foot fire station that will house pink fire trucks and be the headquarters of the Guardians of the Ribbon Inc. A non-profit group who’s sole purpose is to serve the women of the community who suffer from Cancer. Yearly we will do a National tour, we will drive our pink fire trucks to dozens of cities across the Country raising awareness and money for organizations in each community we visit.

Pink Heals Awareness Program

Our message is real simple; we are asking all people, community leaders, fire and police agencies to “Care Enough to Wear Pink” in honor of our women who battle cancer, in this Country and around the World. The days are going to be the 25th, 26th and 27th of October. Each person or organization will have their own shirts to sell in the Month of October and donate the money to an organization close to home that helps their women.
The Guardians of the Ribbon will raise money from the sale of our Pink Heals clothing line to help generate the money needed to fund our tour on a yearly basis. The extra money will be used to help women who are currently going through their battle with cancer by providing the necessary tools to help them in their time of need. We will deliver gifts of Hope and Love in the pink fire trucks to someone’s home out of Pink Heals Fire Station 1

A Tribute to Our Women

This fire station will provide a retail store and small restaurant to the general public. It will also have a meeting room and some living quarters in case we someday become a 24 hour program that responds just like a real fire station to our women with cancer. The Apparatus bay will be a two door bay that will be two fire trucks deep, this bay will act as a charity hall when the fire trucks get pulled outside. On one side of the bay there will be a small stage for musical events and lectures, we see this space big enough for about two hundred people. We will rent this space out as necessary to increase the ability to raise money for the costs associated with maintaining the fire station. We will be doing tours of the station on a weekly basis and we eventually see this becoming a National landmark to so many women who have experienced Cancer either by having this disease or knowing someone who has.
We will build this station out of bricks and on each brick there will be a women’s name who has either won her battle or lost it due to this disease. We understand that this project will take some time to complete and we think the location at the Victory Lane Park would be a suitable fit for our project due to the fact we will be a destination venue to some and a community outreach to others.

We hope to start construction January 1, 2010 and the completion being March of 2011. I look forward to working with you on this project and I assure you it will be well worth the wait when it is finally completed. Thanks for allowing me to sell you on my dream to make a difference and I look forward to someday having our pink trucks respond out of this pink fire station to a women's home to provide her with Hope and Love.

Dave Graybill

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Building a National Support Group for our Women

Well it has been about three weeks since we have gotten back from our tour and the calls are still coming in to see when the next tour will start. We have departments that we did not even visit who have started their own Cares Enough to Wear Pink program, like Fishers Indiana. Siddens Fire Apparatus outside Austin Texas called and donated another fire truck. Also Company Two Fire Apparatus in South Carolina wants to donate two more trucks as well. We will need to have more drivers next year and I am hoping that different departments will let a few of their personal join our group for the tour. I am even thinking about purchasing a tank and rap cammo pink and have it shoot pink shirts out of the turet, we will pull the tank behind one of the fire trucks. On the side of the tank, it will say something like, "WE ARE AT WAR FOR OUR WOMEN". I am so impressed by the leadership by so many Chiefs and community leaders that saw the color pink as a tool to inspire thousands to support all our women who battle cancer and the ones who have not been affected to remind them to get their yearly checks.

We had an event in downtown Tempe AZ, it was the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event put on by the American Cancer Society. We will also do a golf tournament every year that will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Affiliate here in phoenix at the TPC
of Scottsdale.