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Pink Out Marble Falls on Oct. 26

Marble Falls Fire Rescue is inviting the community to a Pink Out Marble Falls gathering from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Old Oak Square in the 300 block of Main Street. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Fire Rescue Chief Russell Sander has one simple request, and it’s not what you might expect. He’s not asking you to check the batteries in your smoke detector (though you should) or pleading with you to not use your stove to heat your house (you really shouldn’t).

No, those aren’t what he’s asking this time (he’ll save those for another date).

Chief Sander simply wants you, and everyone else, to wear pink on Thursday, Oct. 26, for the first-ever Pink Out Marble Falls.

“We want to turn Marble Falls pink,” he said. “We want to let everyone who has cancer or has had it know that the community is behind you. We know pink is a color for breast cancer, but on this day, we’re wearing it for all cancers.”

The first step is just wearing pink (even a pink ribbon on a uniform), but from 4-6 p.m. firefighters are asking people to gather (in pink) in and around Old Oak Square in the 300 block of Main Street in Marble Falls. The city will have the area of Main Street blocked off, and there will be a number of activities going on.

Crossroads Guardians of Hope has committed to bringing their pink fire truck for the day. The group helps raise cancer awareness with the truck, patrol vehicle, and ambulance. During the day, the Crossroads crew will spend time with some cancer survivors and fighters, who get to sign the truck.

The truck should also be on Main Street during the evening event.

At 5:30 p.m., Sander and the firefighters want as many people wearing pink as possible to gather in the 300 block while they send a photographer up in the bucket of the ladder truck. With one photo, Sander said, “We’ll show the world the day Marble Falls turned pink.”

For several years, the fire service has worn shirts with pink emblems or lettering on them during October for breast cancer awareness, but last spring, when Sander lost his cousin to stage 4 breast cancer, it really hit home how cancers of all types devastate lives.

“And it’s not just the people with cancer,” he said, “it’s also their families and friends.”

Sander recalled a blood drive a year or two ago where MD Anderson staff set up a donor location at the fire station for a Marble Falls woman battling cancer. The response demonstrated to Sander how much the community cares for its members.

“As a community, Marble Falls really does take care of Marble Falls and care,” he said.

Pink Out Marble Falls is a chance for everyone to show their support of people fighting cancer, people who fought cancer, and those standing beside them throughout the battle.

“Even someone who has conquered cancer, it can still be in the back of their mind that it could come back,” Sander added. “We just want to show them we support them.”

It’s what firefighters do, the chief pointed out.

“When we go out on a call, it’s not because it’s our job, it’s because we care,” Sander said. “And we care enough to wear pink. Some people think pink is a weak color, but it’s really strong. And in a perfect world, everyone would wear pink (Oct. 26).”

So go out, buy a pink shirt or other clothing (Crossroads Guardians of Hope will have pink T-shirts for sale), and wear it strong all day Oct. 26 before heading down to Main Street in Marble Falls from 4-6 p.m. If you’re not sure where on Main Street, just look for the Marble Falls Fire Rescue crew. They’ll be the ones in pink along with a whole lot of other people.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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