MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – We are 19 days into October, but some are still making time to raise awareness about breast cancer. October is a month when many people do. WHNT NEWS 19 has a story of firefighters wearing pink to make people think.
Stacy Haraway has spent 25 years fighting fires in Madison. He also has first hand experience dealing with cancer.
“There are probably hundreds I have known. Family and friends have lost their life to cancer or are still fighting it today,” said Haraway.
Haraway’s department led a special fire truck onto the property of Madison Hospital. The truck’s color often makes people think.
“You need the awareness all over the country. The more people see it and become aware of cancer, the more they are willing to help donate and raise money to fight the disease,” added Haraway.
Eddie McDonald drove the pink fire truck from Orange Beach, Alabama.
“Men love to fight and it is our responsibility to fight for our women. I am going to fight for them and their fight against cancer,” said McDonald.
Breast cancer took McDonald’s mom away eight years ago. McDonald has been on the truck since 2009.
“It`s a healing process for me to be a part of this organization and to go out. If I touch one woman`s life, then I have done what I have set out to do,” added McDonald.
Breast Cancer Survivor Mary Hager is one of many who have visited the truck. She signed her name on it for others like her.
“I want them to see that life does go on. Everything will be all right if you`ll just believe in the Lord and take one day at a time,” said Hager.
The pink fire truck has racked up more than 18,000 miles raising awareness for breast cancer. It travels primarily in Alabama, but makes trips all over the country.