Contributed by Abigail Pait, ‘Curing Kids Cancer’
Curing Kids Cancer and the Columbia Fire Department are teaming up with Mayor Steve Benjamin for the sixth annual Fire Truck Pull. The Pull will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at 1200 Lady St., rain or shine.
Teams of 10 to 12 people will race to pull a 35,000-pound fire truck for 50 feet. Each team will pull in honor or memory of a child affected by cancer, and will dress up to show the child’s interests or hobbies. These groups not only compete during the pull but they also compete to receive the most donations. The team that raises the most money will receive a one second advantage.
Curing Kids Cancer is thankful that the Fire Truck Pull will have many teams returning like Aflac, Rainbow International, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina’s Equestrian team and Prisma Health Midlands Foundation. Curing Kids Cancer is excited to welcome new teams like Edisto Volunteer Fire Department, Electric Guard Dog, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Benedict College.
“Last year we had 41 teams pull in honor or memory of a child,” said Grainne Owen, founder of Curing Kids Cancer. “We are so excited because we have really stepped things up with Mayor Benjamin hosting for us! We are hoping to break last year’s record by having at least 50 teams and by raising even more money.
The reigning champions of the 10-person squad, Team Super Zoe, made up of members of Midtown Church, will be back in action again this year. They will be challenged by second place finishers and 2017 champions Lexington County Fire for Jacob. It will most definitely be a showdown this year with competitors signing up. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising team, best dressed team and the fastest 10-person and fastest 12-person teams. The top fundraising team also receives a one second advantage during the pull.
The Fire Truck Pull has donated more than $100,000 to the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital – Midlands. Participation in this event will help to complete Curing Kids Cancer’s $1.2 million endowment for the Gamecocks Curing Kids Cancer Clinic, which will bring cutting edge treatments to children battling cancers in South Carolina.
“This event is truly for the kids and their families – not just for them to have some rare and precious fun but to give them hope and help save lives! That is priceless,” said Owen.
There is still time to form a team and sign up. Click here for more information about participating in the sixth annual Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull.
To support CFD’s teams follow these links:
To support Team Killian, click here.
To support Team William, click here.
About Curing Kids Cancer:
Grainne and Clay Owen founded Curing Kids Cancer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to funding cutting edge pediatric cancer therapies, after they lost their son, Killian, to leukemia in 2003. He was only nine years old. Since it was founded in 2005, Curing Kids Cancer has raised more than $14 million to fund new childhood cancer treatments and pediatric cancer research. For more information on how to help, please contact Curing Kids Cancer at 1-866-933-CURE (2873) or visit curingkidscancer.org to learn more.