The Tyler Firefighters have something extra special in store for their annual Turn Tyler Pink event in Downtown Tyler October 6 from 5 - 7 p.m. They plan to unveil their own pink firetruck. 

The 1969 vintage firetruck, generously donated by the Greenburg family, has been wrapped in pink through the efforts of the Tyler Professional Firefighters Association. It will be unveiled as part of the event, with survivors in the community invited to sign the truck.

The Tyler Professional Firefighter's Association created the first Tyler Firefighter Cancer And Relief Effort in 2008, and hosted their first Women's Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Benefit in October 2009. Since then, each year they gather with the community on the square in Downtown Tyler and Turn Tyler Pink.

Funds are raised through the sales of their pink t-shirts and caps, which can be purchased at the event, or before hand at local outlets. Shirts are $20 for adult sizes, and $15 for youth. They can be purchased at Gallery Main Street, Cavenders in Tyler, Holiday Inn on South Broadway, and the at East Texas State Fair from theTyler Professional Fire Fighters booth on the midway.

The Tyler Firefighter CARE fund not only helps support local firefighters and their families battling cancer, but they also contribute to local organizations. According to the 2015 flyer for the event, $57,210 has been donated to local women's cancer organizations since their inception. They have also contributed $1,800 to national firefighter cancer organizations, and 15,050 to current and retired Tyler firefighters and their dependents battling cancer.

Several vendor booths will occupy the square with health screenings, demonstrations and information about women's cancer and its affects. You'll also find face painting, a blood drive and live entertainment as well.



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