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Buffalo Grove Firefighter Steve Rusin gives survivor Mary Kyska of Rolling Meadows a hug after she wrote a message on the firetruck during the Pink Heals tour in May. | File~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 1, 2013 6:11AM



ELGIN — The annual “Pink Heals” tour traveling through the Midwest this summer will come to Elgin this weekend and to Burlington and Genoa on Monday.

The tour was established by a group of firefighters in Arizona to raise awareness of cancer patients, particularly women. Cancer survivors, those undergoing treatment for cancer, and family members of those affected by cancer will be able to sign one of the pink firetrucks.

“The Elgin community is indeed fortunate to have the ‘Pink Heals’ motorcade and volunteers visit our city and support our women and families that have been affected by cancer,” said city fire Lt. Robert Bedard.

The first Elgin stop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, 77 N. Airlite St. According to hospital officials, the trucks will park by the front lobby and the cancer center.

The other two Elgin stops — on Saturday — will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the north lot of Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the library’s Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Road.

The “Pink Heals” tour moves to gasoline stations in Genoa and Burlington on Monday.

The emergency vehicles will be at Pete’s Castle, 104 Main St. in Genoa, from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

They will convoy to the Burlington Oasis, 125 Plank Road, from 6 to 9 p.m.

This will be the first time that the “Pink Heals” tour will visit the gasoline stations in Genoa and Burlington, according to Cori Cork, vice president and general manager of Pete’s Castle, Burlington Oasis, and Spee-D-Mart in Hampshire.

“They were looking for someone to host stops,” said Cork. “Burlington and Genoa have stepped up to bat. I am doing this in memory of my mother, Phyllis Petersen, who lost her battle against cancer in 2009. My husband, Kevin, and I have been working on this for the past month. The money raised will go to local cancer charities. We are thankful to the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the Burlington Fire Department.”

Embroidery Sew Into It and Sew Much More, 201 W. Main St. in Genoa, helped to design pink T-shirts that will be on sale at both the Burlington and Genoa gasoline stations.

The shirts feature Rosie the Riveter with the words: Supporting Women, Joining Forces, and Raising Awareness. The shirts are available in sizes extra small to 3X large. The cost is $15 for extra small up to extra large and $18 for 2XL and 3XL.

Pete’s Castle also will hold a coloring contest and donate 25 percent of its “Get the Scoop” ice cream sales that day to local cancer charities. Cork said local restaurants are donating gift certificates as well.

“We’re hoping to get the names of local women in the Burlington-Genoa area who have been battling cancer and might want to be recognized,” Cork said. “The tour can stop at their homes so they can sign the trucks.”

For more information on the Elgin library stops, people can call Denise Raleigh, Gail Borden Public Library division chief for public relations and development, at 847-429-5981.

For more information on the Burlington and Genoa stops, call Cork at 847-710-2674



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