Christening ‘Christine’: Public Invited to Pink Truck Ceremony
Vacaville resident Christine Franklin may have lost her battle to breast cancer in 2011, but her feisty spirit lives on – in the form of a pink fire truck that is being dedicated in her honor.
The truck – which belongs to the Solano County Chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon/Pink Heals will officially unveil the truck – “Christine” – at a special dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus.
The public is encouraged to put on pink apparel and come on down to sign the truck.
“We invite anyone to sign – whether they’re a cancer survivor or have been touched by cancer in some way,” says Suisun Fire Chief and Pink Heals Chapter President Mike O’Brien. “Who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way? This is our way of showing support, especially for the women, who are fighting this disease.”
Christine succumbed to breast cancer after a five-year battle. During that time, she was an intrepid NorthBay Guild volunteer who used every opportunity to encourage other cancer patients to fight.
Her family will be on hand for the dedication, which will take place in the parking lot.
NorthBay Healthcare has been a proud sponsor of the Solano Chapter, and invited the newly established nonprofit group to be part of NorthBay’s Fiesta Days parade entry.
“In 2011, our parade entry featured three fire trucks from the national Pink Heals group,” explains NorthBay Healthcare parade committee organizer Robert Armijo. “So it only made sense for us to extend the invitation to the local Pink Heals group to join us – especially since they’ve honored us by naming their truck Christine.”
Then on Friday, May 24, the fire truck is headed to the parking lot at NorthBay Medical Center where physicians and Cancer Center patients are invited to a special signing, followed by a public signing of the truck, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Look for the spirited NorthBay parade entry to feature hundreds of pink-clad employees offering support and cheer for cancer survivors on parade day, May 25.