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The “Pink Heals” tour is returning to Arkansas City on June 4.

Cowley Health Assistance Resource Group (CHARG), a local nonprofit, is hosting a “pull for the cure” event with Pink Heals in Wilson Park.

CHARG is an organization that attempts to provide assistance and hope to Cowley County cancer patients and their loved ones.

There will be a pink fire truck at the event, which will be pulled 100 feet by teams that have preregistered to participate.

CHARG announced May 29 via Facebook that it still is looking for teams to pull the truck.

The fire truck, dubbed “Nicki,” weighs nearly 28,000 pounds.

The winning team will receive a traveling trophy and a plaque to hang — not to mention bragging rights for an entire year.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to sign Nicki in honor of loved ones who have fought cancer.

The proceeds from this event will help the Cowley 4 Kids program.

There will be food, vendors, a “Help Us Beat Cancer” car bash and “Balloons Sent with Love,” as well.

The Pink Heals National Tour is funded 100 percent by the sale of merchandise and brought to communities with selfless volunteer hours.

“The sale of our merchandise allows us to maintain our vehicles, buy gas and bring our program to your elected leaders so they can start our Pink Heals program locally — for free,” the Pink Heals tour website states.

“Tour drivers volunteer up to 21 days at a time to drive pink fire trucks and police cars across America, and deliver the Pink Heals Program to your local leaders.”

“The Pink Heals Tour and the ‘Cares Enough to Wear Pink’ program is about our community, our family, our neighbors and our leaders, and how it will help bring us back together to focus on our own people now, rather than on promises that were never kept, opportunities that were lost and things that might have been,” said Dave Graybill, the founder of Pink Heals.

“Pink will heal as long as we do it in service to our women and what they mean to us in our communities, not just because they are sick or struggling with adversity. For if we use illness as the sole motivation for action, once the sickness is gone, so is the reason for coming together.”

Graybill is a retired firefighter and former professional athlete.

The Pink Heals program has evolved from a single fire truck driven by a single firefighter — Graybill — to trucks in three countries, driven by hundreds of volunteers on a mission to keep fundraising local to support the communities themselves.

Those interested in having a team may call JoAnn Bierle at (620) 660-8142 or Brandy Rice at (620) 506-7486.