circled the fire truck looking
for just the right place to sign
her name. "This is the coolest
idea ever," she said grinning
broadly as she signed her name
as a 15-year survivor of cancer.
Sharon Shepherd adds a message
to a fire truck.
in the Pink Heals Tour, she had
a chance to meet the
firefighters and volunteers who
tour the country to support
women battling cancer or who
have battled cancer. MUSC also
hosted a Women's Cancer
Shepherd, manager of MUSC's gift
shop, said the support is
crucial. Volunteer Danny
Baughman, a firefighter from
High Point sporting magenta Nike
shoes, agreed. He said he loves
hearing all the stories of hope
and inspiration. The fire trucks
travel the country bearing the
signatures of all those inspired
to write a message. MUSC was one
of 73 stops on a 90-day tour
during this leg of the journey.
pink fire trucks and a
motorcycle escort visited the
Horseshoe Sept. 27 as part of
the Pink Heals Tour to raise
awareness of the issues women
face battling cancer.
truck is named Debbie in honor
of his mother-in-law who had
breast cancer. Firefighters are
the type who want to rescue
people, but it was agonizing for
his family to watch her battle
the disease. What helped her
conquer it was the support she
received, he said. It's why he
goes on the road.
Jean Day, a
certified registered nurse
anesthetist at Rutledge Tower
and cancer survivor, signed the
truck "for all those before me,
for me and for all those after
me – Survivor 2009.' Women tend
to be the medical caretakers in
the family and forget what they
need to do to take care of
themselves, she said.
Sharon Shepherd, above, and Jean
Day, left, add their signatures
to the trucks. The signatures
never get erased.
touched. It's amazing," she said
as she finished adding her name.
"I think women should rock on.
It's very inspiring for those
looking for hope and reassurance
that everything's going to be
OK. It's reaffirming."