Pink truck hits the road

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SIDNEY — Continental Express unveiled a 2016 pink Susan G Komen Freightliner truck last fall in honor of numerous employees who have fought and survived cancer.

Over the last nine months, the pink truck has been present at multiple cancer-awareness and fundraising events, including a 5K sponsored by Continental. All proceeds were donated to the Susan G Komen Foundation. The truck was also recently featured in a Divas with a Purpose breast cancer calendar.

“The purpose of the pink truck is to raise awareness and support for breast cancer and all types of cancer and to honor all of our employees who have fought or been affected by this disease,” said Russell Gottemoeller, president of Continental Express. “You don’t see too many pink trucks traveling down the highway, and this should definitely bring awareness to this honorable cause.”

The pink truck officially hit the highway, July 25. Continental Express driver Robert Price was approached by Gottemoeller and asked if he would be willing to make the pink truck his permanently assigned tractor. Price quickly agreed. Price and his teammate, Scott Strohmenger, are the perfect pair to drive this truck as they both have been deeply affected by cancer. Price is a survivor and Strohmenger is currently undergoing treatment.

“I know these two will drive this truck with pride,” said Gottemoeller.

Continental Express employees had a send-off ceremony for the two drivers July 25.

“If you see the truck on the highway, be sure to honk or wave!” they said.

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