Teams gathering April 18 to play tug of war with 35,000 lb. fire truck at the annual Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull
Event will help raise funds for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic at Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital
Curing Kids Cancer and the Columbia Fire Department are holding the second annual Fire Truck Pull event to benefit pediatric cancer research on Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. at 1800 Laurel Street in Columbia.
Teams of ten people will race to see who can pull a 35,000 pound fire truck in the fastest time. All-female teams or teams of participants 18 years old and younger are allowed to have 12 people pull. Each team will pull in honor or in memory of a child affected by pediatric cancer and will dress up according to the likes, interests or hobbies of the child for whom they are pulling. Teams can register at www.curingkidscancer.org/firetruckpull. The team that raises the most money will receive a one-second advantage.
“Last year we had 22 teams pull in honor or memory of a child,” said Gina Janvrin, South Carolina director of development for Curing Kids Cancer. “We are hoping to break last year’s record by having at least 30 teams and by raising more money for cutting-edge pediatric cancer research.”
More than $16,000 was raised for the Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic at Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital at last year’s inaugural Fire Truck Pull event. All proceeds raised at this year’s event will once again benefit the Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic at Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital.
“I want to encourage everyone in our community to come out on April 18 to cheer on these teams,” said Janvrin. “It really helps for the children and their family to hear and see people cheering for them and supporting them in this battle against pediatric cancer.”
About Curing Kids Cancer
Grainne and Clay Owen founded Curing Kids Cancer, a nonprofit charity, after they lost their son, Killian, to leukemia in 2003 when he was nine years old. Since the inception of Curing Kids Cancer, they have raised more than $6 million to fund new childhood cancer treatments and pediatric cancer research. Targeted therapies offer great hope in providing better cures for childhood cancer with fewer side effects. Learn more at www.curingkidscancer.org.