The Pink Heals' "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" fire truck visited a young boy in St. James City last week. The truck and volunteers visits people with cancer, survivors of cancer and family members.
Lucas Devonis, 7, was born to Stephanie and George Devonis Jr. Jan. 5, 2007. On Jan. 2, 2013, two days before his 6th birthday, Lucas lost his mother to cancer. Then, three weeks ago this Friday (March 21), Lucas lost his father to cancer.
Ellie and George Devonis Sr. are originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. They had five children: Susan, Robert, Paul, Lori and George Jr., who born Aug. 19, 1969. For many years the family vacationed in Fort Myers Beach and eventually decided to relocate to Florida from Rhode Island.
Lucas Devonis stands by the Pink Heals “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” fire truck where he signed his and his dad’s names.
"We had friends that lived in Homosassa, Fla., and considered buying a house there but we decided to settle in Spring Hill instead," Ellie Devonis said. "We lived there from 1992 to 1998. George Jr. found Pine Island when he was offered a job on the island in 1998. All of us were so taken with the island that the family moved here. Originally we stayed in a motel for a few months until our house was built and we've been here ever since.
"It was 2006 when George Jr. met and married Stephanie," Ellie said. "George worked construction for a while and then got a job with Vistaserve. Lucas was born on Jan. 5, 2007. We lost Stephanie in January 2013 and George just a couple of weeks ago.
"This has been very hard on my grandson," Ellie said. "It's been hard on all of us. I really appreciate the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department and the Pink Heals people for going to all this trouble for my grandson."
The Pink Fire truck, along with a Matlacha/Pine Island fire truck, made their way to the St. James City home of Ellie and George Devonis. Lining the street were neighbors and friends of the Devonis family.
Lucas was presented with a fire helmet and hugs from all of the firemen present. Then Lucas was asked to sign the pink fire truck... he signed his name and his fathers: "Lucas - George Devonis."
"The Cares Enough to Wear Pink and Pink Heals Movement is not just about raising money and awareness for a disease. Our program is much more profound. It's a program that brings a community together based on the love of women, our care givers, which means that local, state and national leaders cannot say NO! We have created a program BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE and it's free to adopt. We put our volunteerism and our labor of love to work for the people in our communities rather than for a "cause"! The money raised by your local chapters stays local. It's health care support at a grass roots level and visionary leaders across the country are putting our program in place to support the people who elected them. Contact us to get our program started in your community!"
-From the Pink Fire Trucks website: www.pinkfiretrucks.org