Pink firetrucks raise awareness, money for women with cancer

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ANDOVER, Kan. -- It as a sight that caught Natalie Cunningham's eye: several fire trucks in the parking lot at Dillons.

"I wondered what it was and then a friend e-mailed me and told me what it was," she said. "It really is overwhelming."

She pulled over at US-54 and Andover Road to get a closer look. That's where she spotted several pink fire trucks. She dubs this an act of fate.

"You know it really is a goose bumps kind of thing," Natalie said.

The Pink Heals campaign made a stop in town, hoping to educate and raise money for women with cancer.

Natalie was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer this year. She was heading to her radiation treatment this morning.

"When you lose your hair, you're just walking around, it really is amazing how much support there is in just strangers, the kindness is quite overwhelming," she said.

The organization has spent the past seven years traveling across the United States, fighting for a cure in support of those like Natalie.

Local organizer Richard Janne went to the event was last in the Wichita-area.

"When I saw the reaction of my wife to the Pink Heals tour that came through three years ago, I said this is something we need to be part of," he said.

His wife, Nicky, was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago. Recently, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She was in the hospital and unable to attend the Pink Heals event.

"She wanted me to be here," he said. "We give love and hope to these cancer people, when they come up, if they're a survivor, we give them a hug, tell them that we love them and that we're here for them."

Thursday's stop in Andover and Derby helps raise money for local cancer programs -- something Richard said is important for the fight for a cure.

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