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The Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull Turns Five

For Immediate Release:

Abigail Pait


 Gather a team to pull a fire truck in honor of a child battling cancer.

Columbia, S.C. – March 1, 2018 – Curing Kids Cancer and the Columbia Fire Department are joining forces for the fifth annual Fire Truck Pull to fund childhood cancer research and treatments. The Pull will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 at 1800 Laurel St. in Columbia, 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.

“Last year we had 27 teams pull in honor or memory of a child,” said Grainne Owen, founder of Curing Kids Cancer. “With this being the fifth year, 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.”

The Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull has donated nearly $100,000 to the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. 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.

“The Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull is a highlight in Columbia’s spring calendar,” said Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins of the Columbia Fire Department. “This gives everyone in the Midlands a chance to make a difference to the lives of South Carolina’s children.”

There is still plenty of time to form a team and sign up. Visit for more information about participating in the fifth annual Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull. There will be face painting, food trucks and other attractions during the event.

Curing Kids Cancer will also partake in Midland Gives Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

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 $11 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 to learn more.