We Support Women and Their Families, Not Causes.

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Pink Heals Joliet Area Chapter

Pink Heals Joliet Area Chapter

We fundraise for people, not causes. We put love and hope first and money second.

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The Stehlik family

My mom passed away from Breast Cancer the day after Mother’s Day while we were living in Southern Illinois. My oldest daughter was around 8 months old and we were expecting our second daughter. My mom’s passing led to us relocating back to the Channahon/Minooka area where we are from.

The following year our entire family signed up to walk in the Pink Heals’s annual 5K here in Channahon. Being able to talk to my daughters about their Grandma, and honor the legacy that she left behind as well as cheering, supporting, and encouraging others who are fighting this vicious disease is very important to us.

Our family participates in the walk annually, and we volunteer within the organization whenever we can. The people I’ve been privileged to meet and the lives that I see are being changed is why I will forever support Pink Heals Joliet Area Chapter.
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Bob Fagust:

Pinks Heals allows me to bring a moment of happiness to someone’s day. It is a chance to be with my Pink Heals family working to support families. Most of all, it is an opportunity to let those who are fighting know they are loved and not alone.
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Liz Stutte:

My name is Elizabeth Stutte. I am a 18 year veteran and Lieutenant for Tristate Fire Protection District! I have been driving for Pink Heals for several years! My son, 2 daughters and myself absolutely love volunteering for Pink Heals! Pink heals holds a very special place in our hearts. We lost my sister and my nephew to cancer in recent years and they have been there with love and support for us and our family through our toughest times.
My family loves helping those in need. We strive to find ways to do so. It may be a meal, time spent with the family or a well needed ear to bend and of course hugs. Pink Heals give us that through helping families with home visits, raffles, many other outings and the walk. We are so grateful to be apart of this wonderful family!
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Ed Rossetto:

I wanted to get involved in some way. I liked the fact that unlike so many organizations that talk about helping others pink heals backs it up by putting 100% of the time, effort, and money into those in need. If I can make a small contribution by giving some of my time and driving the pink heals vehicles when needed, then absolutely.
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Mike Gale:

PINK HEALS supports and positively impacts local families. As a retired firefighter I am honored and proud to drive the pink firetrucks and participate in home visits. My wife and I have supported this worthwhile organization since it’s inception and our love and memories of Kris Toborg live on through the pink truck she loved.
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Our Mission

As the Pink Heals Joliet Area Chapter, we use the color Pink not for breast cancer but because it is the color of women! To us, it should not matter what type of illness she or her family has. We as a society have become such a caused based society, when the time has come that we all become people based. Our slogan and mission is simple.

Our Vision

Pink Heals is targeting people not diseases. Although our main focus is the fight against cancer, we are here to serve those in need, no matter the illness. We are setting the example by being a true non-profit. 100% of every single fundraised dollar stays right here in the community. We are all volunteers, even at the National level. We are truly a movement for the people by the people. We are providing an environment through the pink fire trucks that is about love and hope first and about money second. Our pink fire trucks and pink police cars inspire; they bring the feel of love and caring right to the doorsteps of those in need. We team up with the community’s local police and fire departments, show up with lights and sirens, and deliver flowers, inspiration, support, love and sometimes financial help to those in need.

Pink Heals Tour

Pink Heals National Tour

“The Pink Heals Tour” and the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” program is about our community, our family, our neighbors, and our leaders and how it will help bring us back together to focus on our own people now, rather than on promises that were never kept, opportunities that were lost, and things that might have been. Pink will heal as long as we do it in service to our women and what they mean to us in our communities, not just because they are sick or stricken with cancer. Because if we use illness as the sole motivation for action, once the sickness is gone, so is our cause for coming together.”
Dave Graybill (Pink Heals Founder)

Our Story

Matt Fleck, a Joliet firefighter, and his wife Sandra, a market leader for Heartland Bank and Trust, were tired of writing checks to large organizations and not knowing where the money went. Sandra’s sister and mother are both cancer survivors, and they witnessed firsthand how cancer can strike. Matt and Sandra wanted to give back to their local community, and they wanted to ensure the funds went to people who actually needed help. In 2012, the Pink Heals Tour made a stop in Joliet at their request. There were over 1,000 people in attendance for the first Pink Heals Event in Joliet. The event raised $12,000, and they were able to give the earnings to a local cancer treatment center.

In January 2013, Matt and Sandra formed the Joliet Area Chapter along with Casey and Angie Caldwell, Chris Baltz, Alyssa Cicero and Dawn Bluemke. We are grateful for their help along the way!

The last seven years have been amazing. We currently have 3 Pink Vehicles, ADDISON, TINA and KRIS.  The growth of our organization would not be possible without the help of our volunteers and the amazing community support. The start of our Annual Mother’s Day Walk in 2015 has helped us continue our Mission…Spreading love, hope, hugs and support to those battling in our community. Thank you for your continued support! We could not do this without all of you!