MERRILLVILLE | Skip Bosak’s wife, Cora, wanted a pink jeep.
When the couple was in Las Vegas for a mid-September Chrysler new car announcement show and business meeting, Cora Bosak talked to everyone she could find about getting one.
“That didn’t work, so when we got back we decided we would just paint one pink,” said Skip Bosak, co-owner of Bosak Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Merrillville. “As we were talking, everything went to ‘it’s going to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month.’”
That was a natural progression, as one of the Bosaks’ friends died in September after being diagnosed with the disease. Another friend recently waged a successful battle with breast cancer.
Their discussions evoked a plan to decorate the Jeep Wrangler to honor breast cancer survivors and remember those who have succumbed to the illness.
They decided to place the breast cancer logo on the Jeep’s hood. The white leather upholstered seats feature the logo on the headrests. The “Fight like a Girl” logo adorns the seats and the sides of the Jeep. Four Monster wheels and the spare tire on the back complete the look with the Monster Energy drink logo in what Bosak describes as “Barbie pink.”
The pink Jeep debuts at Sunday’s American Cancer Society event, Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk, at Merrillville’s Hidden Lake Park, 6335 Broadway. Registration is at noon with the walk beginning at 1 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be open enrollment for a cancer prevention study, CPS-3. Study participants must be between 30 and 65 years old, never diagnosed with cancer and willing to make a long-term commitment.
American Cancer Society Representative Courtney Jurgensen said she is excited about the pink Wrangler Jeep appearance Sunday.
“This will be our first time having something like that out there,” Jurgensen said. “On top of that, Prompt Ambulance also painted one of their ambulances pink.”
Jurgensen said Bosak’s pink Jeep will help spread breast cancer awareness in the community and shows their concern and care. Bosak plans to sell the Jeep donating part of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
Skip Bosak said he already has three inquiries about buying it. He said he is not sure if he will auction the Jeep or sell it outright.
“We will try to cover the cost of purchasing and fixing up the Jeep and anything over that would be donated,” Skip Bosak said.
As for his wife, Skip Bosak said, “We will probably have to paint another Jeep for her.”