Here at Jeff Foster Trucking, we employee a talented team of commercial body workers that is ready to take on any challenge. When faced with the above body-damaged T680 with a perfectly good engine, they weren’t afraid to tackle the task of getting it back on the road and looking great.
It all started when Jeff Foster (CEO) himself was approached by a curious woman asking him if he’d ever considered adding an Ovarian Cancer truck to his growing fleet of Awareness Trucks (among them Autism, Pancreatic Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Breast Cancer and Diabetes). Jeff immediately thought of the rebuild necessary on the body of the T680 and decided this would be the opportunity for creating an Ovarian Cancer truck. Getting together with the Collision Center team of Phil Landry (V.P. of Operations) and Nick Wyman (Production Manager of C.C.) they put their heads together and decided they needed a white body rather than red cab to coordinate with the Ovarian Cancer ribbon color of teal. Phil commissioned a quick color-check mock-up and Miriam Hanson (Health & Wellness Advocate moonlighting as graphic designer) created a crude spec. . .
We take the health and welfare of our drivers, their families and our community very seriously! A great deal of thought has gone into each and every one of our specialty trucks and the conditions that they bring awareness to. We all have family members, friends or co-workers that have been stricken with one of the illnesses or conditions that these trucks represent. By doing our part to raise awareness and offer support, we are hopefully making a difference in their lives, while also being an active participant in the fight for life!
Jeff Foster and his staff are concerned about the health of their employees and past employees. They are bringing awareness to Superior and across the United States with their trucks.
Circle of Hope was the first truck they came out with in August of 2013 to raise awareness of breast cancer, in honor of specific people, and to help Circle of Hope, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves breast cancer patients in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota. This organization has helped by paying bills for those currently going through breast cancer treatment to the tune of over $106,000.00 . They have other missions as well. Circle of Hope is listed on many national websites as well. www.circleofhopeduluth.org
This pink truck transports typically between Superior, Wisconsin and the Chicago area. It hauls liquid bulk including asphalt cement, petroleum products, and general chemicals. It has traveled other places as well. George is typically the driver. He is asked about breast cancer all the time: Yes, he is told stories of other people’s experiences or family experiences with the disease. George calls the truck, “Pinkie.” He enjoys promoting the cause.
Everyone is touched by this disease, the second leading cause of cancer in women in the United States. 1 out of 8 women get breast cancer in the United States and increasing age puts women at risk.
Men can get breast cancer too. This is especially true if the BRCA1/2 runs in a family. This same gene also increases their risk for prostate cancer. (Peggy Anderson, the coordinator talked about this at an US Too Support group in Cloquet this winter. She tries to bring awareness to prostate cancer by writing about it, as her husband, Jim is a survivor.) Circle of Hope coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Foster Trucking has a Pancreatic Cancer truck, and they are coming out with a third truck in the next couple weeks. It is top secret, and I can’t wait to see what kind of truck it is.
The Circle of Hope truck was in the Christmas City of the North Parade. UMD Pharmacy students decorated the float for Circle of Hope. It will be in two other parades this summer. It is also seen at local events that Circle of Hope has fundraisers at and at patient benefits.
The most memorable experiences were when it was at Julie Peterson’s benefit at Mr. D’s, the Get ER Done event in Gordon, Wisconsin, the dragon boat races, and the Christmas City of North Parade.
Circle of Hope Board members gave George (Jeff Foster Driver) and Tom Porter (Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery owner) Santa Caps to put on as they rode in the parade. Neither had been in the parade nor been to it. They were awed at the event and the hordes of people, as they turned the corner.
Board members were disappointed that the video clips were not on KBJR/Northland News website this year. This event impacted George and Tom’s life forever. Two wishes granted. See there is a Santa Claus. We will soon see if there is an Easter Bunny with all this snow.