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Published August 22, 2010, 09:13 AM

Firefighters go pink to support women and the fight against cancer

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - In a different gesture of help, there's a group of "manly men" covered in the color pink cruising the United States. It's taking time off from fighting fires and is on a mission to support women and the fight against cancer.

The Pink Heals tour is hard to miss.

"I don't want anything from it other than ‘hey great thanks, give me a hug, ok great thanks Dave, thanks for starting it.’"

Active Firefighter and Founder of the non-profit group Dave Graybill says no one in his family has ever been affected by breast cancer. Still, 3 years ago he took the $3,000 dollars in his savings account and painted a fire truck pink.

"Because women have given us back 10 times what we have ever given them and what are we supposed to do? Anytime they come in harms way we go out and march for them. We go out and fight. We go out and concur for them. Guess what, crazy Dave, he picked cancer to wage a war against and not because my mom's sick, because I'm sick and tired of watching women suffer.”

At every stop the group sells shirts to pay for the trucks gas. Graybill wants every city to adopt the program like Jamestown did today. The city doesn't pay a dime to Graybill and whatever money is raised by using his logo can go to any charity.

"It's perfect; c'mon join me, any politician out there. I know it wasn't your idea, but I'll give you everything I got for free. Adopt it and help your own women."

To move the pink trucks from one spot to the next, active firefighters from across the country take 10 to 18 days vacation and join the movement.

"A little hug can bring a smile or a little bit of compassion to someone’s day that maybe is in chemo or getting radiation or not feeling so good so we're bringing Karma across the country to show women we love them."

What started as one pink painted fire truck has now turned to 23 world wide. The goal is to have 200 in three years, all part of an open ended organization which honors and helps women. Groups that join the movement like will wear pink to work October 25th through the 27th.