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News: Pink Heals fire truck to return to Centegra Health System campuses

The 2012 Pink Heals Fire Truck Tour will return to Centegra Health System this year, bringing its “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” message to the people of greater McHenry and Kane counties. Escorted by Guardians of the Ribbon, firemen dressed in pink, a pink fire truck will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Centegra Hospital-McHenry and from 2 to 4 p.m. the same day at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock.

The Pink Heals tour travels across the United States to support women and encourage men to join the fight against breast cancer. The goal is to help raise awareness and to increase donations for local charities that contribute to the fight against breast cancer. Pink Heals celebrates the important roles women play in the everyday lives of community members.

Local fire departments will join the day of activities and people who attend will be able to sign the pink fire truck. Centegra will host a pink lemonade stand, and there will be pink T-shirts for sale. Representatives from the Centegra Sage Cancer Center and the Centegra Gavers Breast Center will be available to provide information about early cancer detection and the state-of-the-art services available at Centegra. The Centegra Health System Foundation will also accept donations to the Centegra Cancer Care Fund.”

We encourage Centegra Associates and community members to wear pink and come to show support for the Pink Heals Fire Truck Tour,” said Amy Moerschbaecher, executive director of oncology and medicine services at Centegra Health System. “It’s an unforgettable day that celebrates courage, community and the strength of women. We get so excited to see our local Emergency Medical Services providers and our employees wearing their pink shirts in support of cancer survivors. We also love to hear amazing stories from the firemen who travel with the truck and from people in the community.”

Whether community members have been affected by cancer or simply want to support women in the region, all are welcome to the free event. For more information about the Pink Heals Fire Truck Tour, go to

Centegra Health System is recognized as being one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, with state-of-the-art equipment and practices, the Centegra Sage Cancer Center is staffed with a team of highly specialized oncology professionals.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and the widely anticipated Centegra Hospital–Huntley slated for opening in 2016.

As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).