Guardians of the Ribbon aren't afraid to wear pink

WEST CHAZY - Jim Garrant isn't embarrassed to wear pink. In fact, he's proud to.

Garrant is president of the newly formed Northern New York chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon - a nonprofit organization working to raise money and awareness for cancer in women and children.

The group is made up mostly of law enforcement agents and firefighters, of which Garrant has been for the last 32 years. However, it wasn't just because he was a fire fighter Garrant became interested in the Guardians.

"My wife is a breast cancer survivor," he explained. "And, I've lost a couple of aunts to cancer and an uncle."

A couple months ago, Garrant's son, Jeremy, noticed a Youtube clip about the Guardians, featuring a pink fire truck. Immedietly Garrant contacted founder Dave immediately and began the 14th chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon in the U.S., and the first in New York.

In just two short months, the local chapter already has 14 members.

"Right now, I've got three or four in my department, just from word of mouth," he explained, referring to the West Chazy Volunteer Fire Department.

Other members are from fire departments in Beekmantown and South Plattsburgh.

One of the current goals of the chapter is to get enough donations to purchase a pink fire truck, which Garrant expects to cost about $10,000.

"Once we get started, we'll be traveling all around New York," he said. "I've got people wanting us already to go to Syracuse for an event out there."

Getting the pink fire truck is important to the organization, because it not only raises awareness, but spirits as well.

Garrant explained Graybill's fire trucks are covered with autographs and messages from people across the country who have seen the truck. Something Garrant plans to do with the local chapter as well.

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