‘Pullin’ for a cure’

Fosters Training Facility won the firetruck pulling contest last year in Collinsville.

The Patsy Pull: Pullin’ For a Cure will hold its second event to raise money for breast cancer research.

On Oct. 6, registered teams will gather in downtown Collinsville for a firetruck pulling contest, food and entertainment to honor individuals and families affected by breast cancer.

Paden Sharpe, director of The Patsy Pull, said the event was organized to honor the memory of his grandmother, Patsy Sharpe, in her fight with breast cancer.

“She had breast cancer twice,” Sharpe said. “She beat it once, and she lost the battle the second time. She was a real pillar in the community, everybody knew her and she was never afraid to help anybody.”

Sharpe said his grandmother worked as the manager of Western Sizzlin for more than 20 years and was a well-known figure in the area. He wanted to use her name to bring awareness and funds to the disease.

Sharpe said all of the proceeds will be given to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

“We donate 100 percent of every dollar,” Sharpe said. “We don’t keep anything. Last year we donated $3,300 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation out of Birmingham.”

According to breastcancer.org, one in every eight women in the United States will develop an invasive form of breast cancer in her lifetime, and as of January 2018, there are more than 3.1 million with a history of breast cancer.

The percentages earned from the vendor sales will also be donated, Sharpe said.

The Pink Heals volunteer support organization will be on site to allow those that want to honor someone that has fought breast cancer by signing their name on the pink firetruck.

Each team registered for the event must have eight participants and the team can either be all male or a co-ed division with at least four females performing. The groups will compete to see which one can pull a 40 foot long, “fully loaded” fire truck down Main Street and their separate times will be compared.

The registration fee per team is $160, which equals to only $20 a person, Sharpe said.

A team representing Foster’s Training Facility took first place last year.

“It was awesome,” Marisa Foster, owner of Foster’s Training Facility, said. “We had a co-ed team, we had guys and girls, that went out and had a great time. We didn’t train with pulling anything, we just did our normal workouts at the gym.”

Foster said a co-ed team is registering to compete again for this year’s event.

Sharpe said there will be food vendors, live music and projection screens for college football.

The Collinsville Historical Association will be selling soft drinks and popcorn, Crit N Pucks food truck will be onsite and there will be alcoholic drinks sold, as well.

Logan Graves, a country music artist from Leesburg, will begin performing at 5:30 p.m. and play at various times during the event.

There will be a drawing for three Orca Coolers at the event, and tickets are $1 each, Sharpe said.

For kids, there will be games, inflatables, school mascots and Marshall from Paw Patrol will be visiting the event.

To register a team, Sharpe said to contact their Facebook page, “The Patsy Pull,” or email him at pinpointpaden@gmail.com.

The event T-shirts can be ordered on pinpointtiming.com, and there will be a select few on sale at the event. Sharpe said to guarantee a shirt purchase, it is best to order online.

“I just want to make sure our sponsors are recognized for letting us be able to do this event,” Sharpe said. “The Zone: Fitness and Tanning in Collinsville is our biggest sponsor.”

Sharpe wants to also recognize PinPoint Timing, Sovereign Homes, Progress Rail, Collinsville Drugs, Collinsville Nursing Home, First State Bank, Donohoo Chevrolet, C.W. McClain Wrecker Service, Bo A. Arthur of Alfa Insurance and Los Reyes Market.

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