John Ray & Sons’ Pink Truck to Help Raise Funds to Fight Breast Cancer

Monday, August 31, 2009 – Watch for The John Ray & Sons Pink Truck throughout September and you might win a gas log set while helping to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

Reporting a sighting of The Pink Truck is a new fundraising effort that is part of John Ray & Son’s Fueling a Cure program. This two-year initiative began in October 2008 to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeastern New York Affiliate and to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

“Using the truck to promote this important message has been welcomed by our customers who support our Fueling a Cure program,” said John Ray & Sons’ President Ken Ray. “This latest effort continues our efforts and we hope will encourage more people to participate in Komen NENY Race for the Cure on Oct. 3 in Albany.” The Pink Truck will be on display at the race.

John Ray & Sons’ Pink Truck, painted in Komen’s signature colors, travels about 1,000 miles a week, delivering heating oil to homes and businesses. A portion of the proceeds from each gallon of oil delivered by the truck benefits the NENY Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Most funds stay within the Capital Region to support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

It’s easy to participate in the Spot the Pink Truck promotion. For each valid entry, John Ray & Sons will donate $5 to Komen for the Cure. And you can follow the course of The Pink Truck on Twitter at

“We’ll have a random drawing for the winner in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Mr. Ray said.

How to participate:

  • First, look for the John Ray & Sons’ Pink Truck anywhere in the company’s service area including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.
  • Note the time and location of the truck or take a digital photo.
  • Go to the company’s website, and click on “Spot The Pink Truck.”
  • Enter the time and location of the sighting or upload your photo of The Pink Truck along with your entry information to be entered into a drawing to win a gas lot set with installation.
    (NOTE: Delivery and installation are limited to the company’s designated service area.)


Established in 1904 in Troy as an ice delivery service, John Ray & Sons has evolved through the years as times have changed – delivering ice, coal, wood, kerosene, diesel fuel, heating oil, propane, and biofuels to residential and commercial customers throughout the Capital Region. Started as a small family business, the company now employs nearly 65 people and has a fleet of over 45 vehicles. John Ray & Sons provides sales, installation and service to a nine-county territory including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington. Known for its service and innovative products, the company offers:

  • Reliable delivery of heating oil, propane and diesel fuel
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Bioheating oil and biodiesel fuel
  • Propane tank installation/set-up and monitoring
  • Heating and cooling system installation
  • Propane fill stations
  • Custom-designed home comfort systems
  • Captain’s ChoiceTM Marine Gasoline
  • PitStop-branded stations offering gasoline, on- and off-road diesel and kerosene

To learn more about John Ray & Sons, visit or call 518.272.4432.


Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists and has invested nearly $1 billion dollars to fulfill their mission. They have become the largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Locally, the Northeastern New York Affiliate, now in its 15th year, serves an 11-county area of New York and has raised over $1.8 million dollars for local breast health and breast cancer outreach, education, screening and treatment. For more information, visit

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