CHISHOLM — Dressed in pink firefighting gear, volunteers with the Pink Heals organization visited the Iron Range last Friday to make surprise visits to two young cancer patients.
Brian Tribley, president of the Pink Heals chapter from Sauk Valley of Rock Falls, Ill. and his wife, Elizabeth made the trek to the Iron Range. They surprised with Chisholm student Madi Chamberlin, a 13-year-old diagnosed with cancer at Essentia Health Clinic in Hibbing. From there, they visited Aiden Brusacoram-Wald, a seven year-old battling leukemia, at his home in Chisholm.
After giving hugs and presenting a gift basket and T-shirt, the duo at both visits, presented a $500 donation of HLTHE cash, funds set up in an online account to be used for medical expenses. The Sauk Valley donation Chapter was put into Healthy Cash accounts they started up for Madi and Aiden. Brian Tribley said anyone can donate to Madi or Aiden’s account online.
Amber Brusacoram-Wald, Aiden’s mom said she was at a loss for words.
“I’m just kind of overwhelmed and very grateful,” she said.
Aiden was met with an outpouring of support, including hugs, high fives and fist bumps from the Tribleys and the many local emergency personnel who showed up at his home.
As he peered into the gift basket presented to him, Aiden said he saw some “cool stuff” inside.
After Friday’s presentation, Chisholm Fire Chief Bob Brown commented on the outpouring of support from emergency responders with a large turnout of volunteer firefighters from his department, emergency responders from the Chisholm Ambulance Service and officers with the Chisholm Police Department which were all on hand for the presentation. Steve Breitbarth, a local emergency services chaplain was also present.
Following the visit to the Brusacoram-Wald home, there was an opportunity for the public to sign a Pink Heals helmet at the Chisholm Fire Hall. The helmet took place of the group’s trademark pink ambulance, due to some mechanical issues experienced enroute on Friday.
Normally, the Sauk Valley Chapter travel limit is 100 miles or so, but it is now reaching out to communities in the hopes to inspire startups in other regions.
For more information on the Pink Heals, you can contact them at 815-441-8736.
More information on the HLTHE cash is available at hlthe.com.