The Pink Heals fire truck made a surprise visit Mother's Day weekend to Mary Ferguson of Ottawa.
She is fighting esophageal cancer.
"What you're going through is so difficult, we've come all the way from Rock Falls to tell you that we love you," said a pink-clad member of the Rock Falls Fire Department. The crew traveled 75 miles with its truck, Leslie, to Ottawa.
Mary's son Jack Ferguson and daughter-in-law Jamie arranged for the visit.
Ferguson was surrounded by many friends and loved ones at her home as firefighters lined up to give her hugs and support. Firefighters from Serena, Ottawa, Utica and Wallace departments also gave their support.
The Pink Heals program travels thousands of miles each year visiting communities across the region. Just in March, the truck made a surprise visit to Sue Andree, of Blackstone, east of Streator.
"You're not alone, no matter what you're going through, you're not alone," one of the firefighters told Ferguson.
"It's important they do this for people going through illnesses," Jamie said of the Pink Heals firefighters. "It shows that there are people there to support them."
Mary signed her name to the truck, among the hundreds of others. She was glad so many of her family members got to be a part of the event and said she was thankful "for everything."
"She was surprised and very overwhelmed, and very appreciative," Jack said. "It meant a lot to her and to us."