CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The 2013 Pink Heals Tour traveled to Carolina Beach Wednesday afternoon.
Seven pink fire trucks crossed the Snow's Cut bridge around 5:30.
Pink Heals is an international event with a mission to get local communities to keep their charitable dollars at home.
Dave Graybill, a former firefighter from Arizona started the program in 2007.
It now has 87 pink trucks across the nation and several in other countries. One is located in Castle Hayne, named for Claudia Eastmon, a local breast and bone cancer survivor.
Graybill says he was tired of seeing the national non-profit organizations shell out millions of dollars to their CEO's.
"I just don't believe, honestly, if I'm a non-profit sector and I'm making millions of dollars off somebody getting sick, it just doesn't feel good to me in my heart," Graybill said.
Graybill, also a former professional baseball player, says he moved into his mother's guest house in 2007 and started saving money to buy old fire trucks.
He decided to paint them pink in honor of all women and all diseases---not just breast cancer. He says women make things happen and if you put pink heals on any disease, women will get things done.
"You have to focus on cancer, its the biggest bully of them all---it affects our children men and women. But since time began, our inspiration is the woman. The Statue of Liberty is a woman. If we use your symbol of love then all of us have to come together," Graybill said.
The Pink Heals Tour will even go to the homes of people dealing with diseases like cancer and diabetes delivering roses and hugs.The tour is funded by the sale of Pink Heals merchandise.
Graybill says a pink truck is added to the fleet every three weeks.
His mission is to have 500 pink trucks by the year 2017.
"We'd like to march them all to the White House on November 1, which will be National Pink Heals Day and then I'd like to retire," Graybill says with a smile.
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