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Hampstead business gives a lift for life

Larry Green of Green's Garage in Hampstead opens the cab of his new breast cancer awareness tow truck Dec. 11.
Larry Green of Green's Garage in Hampstead opens the cab of his new breast cancer awareness tow truck Dec. 11. (Photo by Jon Kelvey , Carroll County Times)

North Carroll residents in need of a lift next year may be able to help others in need too. Green's Garage of Hampstead has painted one of its tow trucks with a pink ribbon motif to support breast cancer awareness, and people are already responding positively.

"We've even had customers donating after riding in or seeing the truck," said Larry Green, owner of Green's garage.

Green said that the idea behind doing the truck was to honor the memory of those who have been affected by cancer.

"This truck has a very special meaning to our family business. Breast cancer has touched our lives more ways than one. Not only my mom, but my mother-in-law and so many family and close friends," Green said.

Green's Garage donates to breast cancer research through Debbie's Dream team, an American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" team set up in memory of Debbie Peregoy, a close friend of Green's who died of breast cancer six years ago.

"We have a donation box that we set up at the shop. Even though we just got the truck painted back in November, at the moment we have about $400 to $500 in the box," Green said.

Green said that the donations from customers are wonderful, but the goal of the truck is to get the word out there and to honor cancer survivors.

"The idea is getting the word out. I believe the word needs to be out there for cancer, for the cure, helping to get the cure and everybody needs to be aware of it. It's just something done up special to honor cancer survivors," he said.

As part of that effort, Green entered the truck in the American Towman Contest at the Baltimore Convention center in November, where it won third place in the "Car Carrier" category.

Green had a lot of help from the business community, with people pitching in where they could once they heard his idea this fall.

"All the names on the side [of the truck] helped sponsor this truck to get it painted and done up for this," Green said.

Barnes & Bollinger Insurance of Westminster was one of those who sponsored the truck and helped pay for the custom paint work.

"When Larry [Green] mentioned the idea, I said how can we help? I think it's a marvelous idea," said Dave Bollinger, vice president of Barnes & Bollinger Insurance Services.

Bollinger said that while Green is a client, this is also personal issue for him, as Debbie Peregoy was his sister-in-law.

"When he told me Debbie's Dream Team would be on it, there was no doubt about it. I think when you see these pink vehicles going down the road it is an ever present reminder of the people that are affected by cancer. And I think just about everybody has been effected by cancer in one way or another," Bollinger said.

The paint job on the truck's cab is a large pink ribbon motif. It was not an easy effect to pull off on a tow truck, according to Chuck Gamber, owner/artist of Jack of Arts in Ellicott City, who did the paint work.

"What we were particularly interested in was how to make it look appealing on a truck, yet not too commercial, but still have impact. Not too rosy, it comes into a storm, but it has a silver slipper lining, it comes into a sunset. Too me, it was kind of a hard project, because it's a work truck, a tow truck and that sort of thing isn't normally on a tow truck," Gamber said.

Other sponsors of the truck include Maaco of Hanover, AAA Mid-Atlantic and Miller Industries.

Green said that with all the positive support they've received already, he is excited to see what next year will bring.

"There are so many people fighting this everyday and we feel every little bit helps," he said.

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