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County pink fire truck group continues to move forward

The 1963 Ford fire truck that is going to be painted pink to represent a countywide effort to support those with cancer and their families is now undergoing renovations.

The truck, donated by the city of Huxley and its firefighters, has been disassembled by a dedicated group of mechanical volunteers and is now being painted pink for the group that has officiallly dubbed itself, “Story County Responders Care” (SCRC).

“Through great community members, the labor and paint has been donated,” said Kay Fleshman, who has worked with a committee made up of herself, Wes Hubbard and Melissa Spencer to get this cancer support organization going.

The group plans its first big celebration on Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sixth Street in front of StuffEnufForUs (across from City Hall). On that day, walking tacos will be available for $5 each, as well as games and activities for families and kids. A mini race car, owned by D.J. and Ashley Schmalzried, will be on display. All funds raised that day will be donated to SCRC to use to help Story County women and families with loved ones in all stages of cancer. All money raised will stay in Story County to help people in Story County in the fight against cancer.

Fleshman said SCRC will celebrate with more awareness/fundraising events on July 12 with a motorcycle event at Crossroads Tavern at Kelley, on Aug. 2 when they join the National Pink Heals Tour and on Aug. 16, for a car and motorcycle cruise event.

At these events, the pink fire truck will be on hand, along with black permanent markers for people to write the names of family members and friends who have battled or who are battling cancer as a “forever memory.”

Fleshman said SCRC is looking for members to join their cancer supporting group, which will take part in an upcoming workshop guided by local pastor, David Burling.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to this effort is asked to send a donation to: Story County Responders Care, 1005 Sixth St., Nevada, IA 50201. Also, anyone who wants to help with activities/games for the June 21 event is asked to contact Kay Fleshman at 515-231-8068.

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