Together, we can beat that fire truck!

dhinshaw@thestate.comApril 5, 2014 

— It’s not every day you get to see if you’re strong enough to pull a fire truck.

Saturday, 22 teams were competing at a Rosewood fitness center in Columbia to raise money for pediatric cancer research at the inaugural Curing Kids Cancer event.

Among them was the all-woman “Suck It Cancer” team of 11 moms and one daughter.

“I’ve had 5 people in the last month in my family or close friends die of cancer, so cancer really does suck,” said team member Tara Ruff.

The timed event – which involves pulling a 40,000-pound fire truck in neutral over a finish line – was expected to raise at least $6,000 for Palmetto Health Richland hospital system.

Katie Kendall, 15, is one of a half-dozen young people in treatment who attended.

“They want to help out, and that’s really cool. It’s fun to be here.”

The fire truck pull was just one of an array of outdoor events scheduled for a sunny, warm Saturday in the Midlands.

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