Pink Heals of Sheboygan County takes shape

by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff

One year after forming and laying down a foundation for future growth, the Pink Heals of Sheboygan County Chapter is gearing up to kick its efforts into high gear in 2015 and beyond.

While it is still relatively new to Sheboygan County, Pink Heals has been in existence as a nationwide non-profit organization designed to raise money to assist those suffering from cancer since 2007.

Dave Graybill, a retired firefighter from Glendale, Ariz., formed Pink Heals as a way to focus efforts to assist those suffering from cancer on a strictly community based level.

The organization raises money through sales of Pink Heals merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, wristbands, sunglasses and vehicle decals.

The funds are used to assist cancer patients in the Sheboygan County area with bills, transportation to treatments and general daily needs.

Fire trucks painted pink are the centerpiece of Pink Heals community outreach and assistance efforts.

The Pink Heals of Sheboygan County Chapter was a part of two big events last July, which featured the pink fire trucks.

The chapter made an appearance at the Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street Ducktona event with a pink truck borrowed from the Pink Heals of Manitowoc County Chapter.

In addition, the Sheboygan County Pink Heals Chapter hosted an appearance by the national touring Pink Heals fire truck unit last July, during a special Pine Heals event at River Park last July.

Over the course of the past few months, Pink Heals of Sheboygan County members and volunteers have been busy planning appearances and events, finalizing its by-laws and selecting a Board of Directors to lead the organization.

The Sheboygan County Chapter meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at rotating locations throughout the county.

The next monthly meeting will take place Thursday, May 28, at the town of Sheboygan Fire Station, located at 3911 County Y in Sheboygan.

Anyone interested in learning more about Pink Heals of Sheboygan County is invited to attend a special informational open house reception from 6-6:30 p.m. The regular chapter meeting will follow the reception at 6:30 p.m.

The newly designated Pine Heals of Sheboygan County Board of Directors will be officially approving the chapter’s by-laws during the meeting.

“We have decided to add a half hour information type of session to our meetings, which is designed to welcome new people interested in learning more about Pink Heals,” Pink Heals of Sheboygan County President Tara Albright said. “Our goal right now is to grow our organization. As we enter our second year, we would like to double our number of volunteers by the end of the year.

“We have a number of appearances set up this year, which will provide ample opportunity for people to learn about us and to raise funds to support our goal of assisting one person facing cancer each month,” she said. “Our Board of Directors just officially approved our first official request for assistance. We are really just getting started and we are excited about the future.”

Pink Heals of Sheboygan County has set several appearances during the summer months, including Wings and Wheels at the Sheboygan County Airport on Sunday, June 21 (7 a.m.-3 p.m.); the city of Sheboygan Fourth of July Parade Saturday, July 4; Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street Ducktona at River Park in Sheboygan Falls Sunday, July 5; Ernie Von Schledorn Car Show in Random Lake Sunday, July 9 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.); Pink in the Drink at Suscha’s Bar in Sheboygan, Saturday, July 11 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.); Ernie Von Schledorn Car Show in Random Lake Sunday, July 12; Sheboygan A’s Strike Out Cancer Night Saturday, July 18 (2-7 p.m.); Brat Days Parade in Sheboygan, Saturday, Aug. 1; Cascade Fire Department 100th Anniversary Parade, Sunday, Aug. 2; Miesfeld’s Brat Fry in Sheboygan, Saturday, Aug. 15 and Race Against Cancer Night at Plymouth Dirt Track, Saturday, Aug. 22 (3-9 p.m.).


Plymouth High School held their Fourth Annual Car Show Friday, with two-wheel and four-wheel showpieces filling the parking lot and drawing admiring stares. 
Review photos byEmmitt B. Feldner Plymouth High School held their Fourth Annual Car Show Friday, with two-wheel and four-wheel showpieces filling the parking lot and drawing admiring stares. Review photos byEmmitt B. Feldner All money raised through the sale of Pink Heals merchandise at these events will support men, women and children with cancer in Sheboygan County.

In addition, those that support the Pink Heals program will be invited to autograph the fire truck as a way to illustrate their commitment to helping others.

Pink Heals request for financial assistance forms are current available on the Pink Heals of Sheboygan County website at www.sheboygancountypinkheals.com

In addition, Pink Heals financial assistance forms will soon be available at Sheboygan County hospitals.

For more information about Pink Heals of Sheboygan County, call Tara Albright at 889-9380, email shebctypinkheals@gmail.com or visit www.sheboygancountypinkheals.com.


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