SAKONNET AREA — As part of month-long statewide breast cancer awareness activities, Tiverton firefighters will be wearing long-sleeved pink t-shirts all next week, from Sunday, Oct.21 through Saturday, Oct. 27.
A well-known feature of the program — called “Rhode Island Pink Heals” — involves fire trucks painted pink that will be touring local communities. Messages are written on the trucks recognizing people who have struggled with breast cancer.
A pink fire truck will visit Tiverton’s Station #3 at 45 Crandall Road on Monday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., said Josh Fereirra, a Tiverton firefighter and paramedic who is coordinating Tiverton Fire Department’s involvement in the program.
Mr. Fereirra said the truck will be visiting Little Compton’s fire station that same morning from 8 – 9, and after leaving Tiverton will be at the Portsmouth Fire Station, 2300 East Main Road, at 11 a.m
The whole idea of the program, Mr. Fereirra said, is to show support for breast cancer awareness month programs. Money raised from the sale of merchandise, such as pink t-shirts, is used to keep the trucks on the road, buy flowers, support a women’s center, and otherwise help women battling cancer, the Rhode Island Pink Heals website says.
As for those shirts Tiverton firefighter will be wearing, Mr. Fereirra said, “the guys pay for the t-shirts themselves, and the money goes to the Rhode Island Pink Heals organization, which in turn donates funds to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Ronald MacDonald House in Providence.