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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's basketball head coach Sharon Versyp and director of operations Terry Kix received a special visit last week, from a special group of people. The Pink Heals Tour travels the country, honoring and celebrating people who have been affected by tragedy or illness and delivering gifts from their community, and Tuesday they brought their message of love and kindness to Mackey Arena.
Versyp and Kix are both cancer survivors, with Kix beating stomach cancer in 2013 and Versyp recently winning a bout with breast cancer this spring. A member of the Greater Lafayette community reached out to the Pink Heals Tour about the pair and had the servicemen involved with the effort deliver a gift basket to the Boilermaker staff.
"I was totally overwhelmed," said Versyp. "The way they looked at you, told you where they're from and just that they love you; I've never had anything like that happen to me."
"I felt sincere love and passion from these servicemen for what a patient has been through," added Kix. "It was uplifting, it was special, these men are angels and they carry real love and concern for others."
Pink Heals is a program that partners with Public Safety, local businesses and families to bring communities together. It provides home visits to show individuals that they are loved, cherished and important to others, bringing back a human element by celebrating people, not causes. The Tour operates by the sale of merchandise, gifts, local sponsorship and in kind donations to maintain vehicles, buy gas and travel across the country to visit individuals and share the program. Tour drivers volunteer up to 21 days at a time to drive pink fire trucks and police cars across America and deliver the Pink Heals Program to communities. Local chapters use pink fire trucks and police cars as a visual reminder that people matter, and they partner with local businesses for home visits in order to provide visit recipients with donated goods, gift cards and services and to give the employees of those businesses the opportunity to bring joy, love and hope to people in need.