On Saturday morning, people will gather at Scott's Hometown Foods in Lindsborg to try to pull a pink fire truck 100 feet.
The event, Lindsborg’s third annual Battle of the Buses, is a fundraiser for Lindsborg Hospital’s Pink Fund, which helps underinsured and uninsured people receive cancer diagnostic and screening tests.
Lindsborg’s volunteer fire department competed the first two years and will compete again this year. However, this time the pull is a little more personal for the Lindsborg firefighters.
Kent Ebling, the fire department’s fire chief, said this year, his firefighters will be dedicating their pull to two of their own whose lives have been changed by cancer.
The first, Daniel “Danny” Carlson, was a 25-year veteran of the Lindsborg Fire Department before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in spring 2012. He died in December 2012.
The second, Kevin Snyder, has been with the department for five years and is battling stage IV colon cancer.
Ebling described both of these men as dependable, faithful members of his crew. He said both always were willing to do what it took to get the job done.
Snyder will be riding on the front bumper of the truck with Carlson’s old gear while his fellow firefighters pull.
“It was just something we wanted to do,” Ebling said. “This year is more of a tribute to them.”
Betty Nelson, director of marketing at the hospital, said teams will usually dedicate their pull to someone with cancer. She said this year, a couple teams are pulling for a woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
“All of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another,” Nelson said.
Teams can have up to 10 members, and pullers must be at least 12 years old. All team members sign a waiver, and those younger than 18 must have permission from their parents.
Registration is $100 per team. This money goes to the hospital’s Pink Fund, which helps raise cancer awareness and fund cancer screening and diagnosis.
Those interested in learning more about the Pink Fund can contact Lindsborg Hospital.
The Battle of the Buses began in 2011. Nelson said she saw a bunch of firefighters in pink gear with a pink fire truck and asked what it was.
These firefighters turned out to be the Wichita chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon, volunteers who travel the country raising cancer awareness.
Nelson and the firefighters arranged to hold a fundraiser where teams could pull the fire truck, named Nicki. Nelson said all Guardians of the Ribbon trucks are named after firefighters who have fought and hopefully won battles with cancer.
Page 2 of 2 - Nelson said 10 teams participated the first year, and 17 participated the second. She said 11 teams have registered so far, but there are usually a lot of last-minute entrants.
Nelson said she hopes to have at least 20 teams pulling this year. Registration closes at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the pulling begins at 10:30 a.m. All participants must wear gloves
Those whose lives have been touched by cancer are invited to sign the truck.
Nelson said other Guardian chapters have started doing fire truck pulls as well.
“It’s something that started right here in Lindsborg,” Nelson said.
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