August 13, 2013

Going tow to tow for a cause


MALONE — Tows trucks are usually involved in rough and rugged work, hauling the remains of crashed cars, rescuing stranded motorists and ignoring brutal weather to get other vehicles on their way.

But Scott Smith’s Towing of Malone has a tow truck displaying its softer, gentler side for a worthy cause.

One of the company’s flatbeds has been painted pink in honor of breast-cancer awareness and will take the lead when a fundraising cancer walk is held on Saturday, Sept. 28.

“We brought it out to the Relay for Life as a demonstration, and people really responded,” Smith said.

The cab of the Nissan diesel truck is pink with two pink ribbons under each side of the windshield, reminding all who see it to have faith and hope against the disease that has claimed so many, including a 38-year-old family friend of the Smiths, Audrey Roach of Chateaugay, in 2008.

“Cancer hits so many families, but it’s especially hard when a special friend loses their battle, and it’s a person with young children,” Smith said.

“We decided to paint the truck pink in support of breast cancer (awareness),” he said. “If you pull up next to somebody in traffic, and they see it, maybe they have cancer or they have family who does or they know someone who has cancer, they may be inspired to see that somebody cares, and it could brighten their day.”

Details of the cancer walk are still being planned, but it is slated to start at the Smith’s Towing headquarters on Railroad Street and proceed on a route that the Malone Village Police Department has agreed to coordinate with the company.

All of the money raised will go to Hope Lodge in Burlington, which offers lodging to patients traveling to receive outpatient cancer treatment at the city’s medical center, Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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