"I started crying, it was just so much at one time!"
Deborah Callan was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last September, and seeing the Pink Heals firetruck in Whitwell Saturday brought her to tears. The truck is one of dozens across the country. The program was created by a firefighter in 2007, to help women who are battling cancer.
"Our color pink represents the woman. Nothing to do with breast cancer that women are faced with. We're here to support their families and the women," says Robert Baty, the President of Pink Heals Chattanooga.
He's a local firefighter who heard about the program on social media. Now, he's encouraging dozens of local fighters and police officers to join the movement.
"Saw it on Facebook one night and thought that would be cool to bring to Chattanooga. So it kind of started from there and rolled into this."
Today, the truck made a stop at the Whitwell and West Valley Car Show. It was one of the most unique vehicles at the show.
"It puts a whole new spin on it when people come out and see all the signatures on the truck," says Baty. People write in honor of their battle against cancer or in memory of someone who lost their battle."
For survivors and their families, the organization makes a huge difference.
"When you see it all there together, the people who have come together who have this in common, you realize why people are willing to help each other and stand by each other," says Callan's daughter, Madonna Kemp.
Support from the community, and inspiring messages of strength and hope, are life-changing for survivors like Callan.
"I look at everyday like it's a gift. It's just a wonderful gift."
To learn more about Pink Heals, click here
By: Kelsey Bagwell