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Pink excavator in Farley raises awareness for breast cancer


On the west side of Farley, it's hard to miss the all-pink excavator with pink breast cancer ribbon decals sitting in the parking lot of Top Grade Excavating.

"Pinky is what the guys have been calling it around here," Russ Horsfield, with the company, said, patting the machine Tuesday afternoon.

The folks at Top Grade Excavating had the machine painted pink and decorated with ribbons to support Lisa Seymour, whose husband works for the company.

"I'm into my ninth week of the treatments. The chemo treatments," Seymour said Tuesday afternoon.

Doctors diagnosed her with stage IIIC breast cancer in late April. She said she has a track record of annual breast exams and no family history of cancer.

"I just encourage everybody to just be aggressive about anything with your breast," she said.

She has a rosy view on her recovery.

"Everybody keeps me strong. I'm going to fight. Really hard," she said.

"Pinky" the excavator made its surprise debut Saturday at Epworth's annual Town and Country parade, followed by a party for Seymour.

"Everybody was clapping and cheering and, I mean, balloons everywhere. I was just speechless," she said. "I cried like a baby. I mean, it was wonderful."

The excavator is fully functional. In fact, eastern Iowans could spot it at local construction sites.

"We actually work from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids to Manchester, Waterloo," Horsfield said. "We probably travel a 70-75-mile area from here, so it'll be in the area."

"Pinky" is raising breast cancer awareness as it raises dirt throughout eastern Iowa.

"Use that support of your family and friends, you know, to fight for any type of cancer," Seymour encouraged.

The back of the machine says, "Digging for a Cure."

The 2004 John Deere 160 excavator is actually the first machine the business bought when it opened in 2004. Only recently did it receive its makeover.

Local companies and volunteers donated all the materials and work involved in the making of "Pinky."

Anybody interested in having "Pinky" in their hometown parade can contact Top Grade Excavating in Farley at (563) 744-3416.

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