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Over 338 vehicles took part in the 12th Chelsea Motor Show on Saturday July 30th. Chelsea’s East Middle Street was packed with vintage and modern cars, all waiting for their chance to land one of the 75 prizes voted on by registered participants. (Photo by Vanessa Roudabush)

The Pink Heals of Eastern Iowa is an organization that helps people struggling with illness. Volunteers travel in pink outfits and in trucks. (Photo by Vanessa Roudabush)

Chelsea’s Jim Bergmeier won Best in Show with his 1926 Franklin 11A with an air-cooled engine made in Syracuse, NY. (Photo by Vanessa Roudabush)

Ken Miller of Cedar Rapids won the Kid’s Choice Award with his 1930 Ford Model A pickup. (Photo by Vanessa Roudabush)

Dave Perkins of Marshalltown won Best Foreign Motorcycle with his Chang Jian CJ 750. This sidecar motorcycle is a Chinese copy of a Russian IMZ M-72, a clone of a 1938 German BMW R71 motorcycle. (Photo by Vanessa Roudabush)

The organization Pink Heals of Eastern Iowa Chapter, founded in 2018, was present at the Chelsea Car Show. Vinton’s Dennis Bramow reached out to the national organization Pink Heals on Facebook on behalf of his wife Diana Bramow, who was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. from. The Illinois chapter, after visiting the Bramows in Vinton with their pink trucks, informed the couple that there was no chapter in Iowa and asked if they would be interested in starting one. . While warned it would take three years to obtain vehicles, the Engine 91 fire truck was donated by the Marion City Fire Department within 90 days of the Chapter’s founding and the Pink Chapter Heals Rhode Island donated the police cruiser in 2019. The signature bubblegum pink paint job was donated by Thompson Truck and Trailer of Cedar Rapids. The Bramows hope to add an ambulance to their vehicle roster this year.

Pink Heals is an organization that helps people struggling with illness. With more than 60 chapters across the United States and Canada, 200 pink vehicles bear signatures honoring those who are or have battled the disease. Volunteers travel in pink outfits and in trucks, accompanied by local public safety services, to deliver donations and services to those in need. To show their love and support, those visited add their signatures to the trucks as a reminder and inspiration to others. The signature pink of their vehicles is used to represent love and care for all those struggling with the disease, not just those with breast cancer. Pink Heals makes it its mission “To provide communities with a program that supports those in need on a personal level in partnership with public safety and local businesses.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help or plan a pink vehicle appearance, check them out on Facebook at PinkHealsEasternIA or email [email protected]

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