The Port of Indiana
Burns Harbor welcomes a unique visitor on Monday.
Big Hope 1, a
bright pink barge owned by Ceres Barge Line, made its first appearance at
the Port, traveling from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa up the Mississippi and
Big Hope 1’s
cargo: a storage tank measuring 171 feet in length and weighing 342,000
pounds bound for a refinery in the Midwest, unloaded by port stevedore
Federal Marine Terminals (FMT).
“Big Hope 1 has
generated more than $861,000 in donations to Mary Crowley Cancer Research
since its launch in 2012,” the Port said in a statement released on Monday.
“The mission of Mary Crowley Cancer Research is to expand treatment options
for all cancer patients through investigational vaccine, gene, and cellular
therapies. Ceres Barge Line employee, Vince Schu and his wife Julie,
conceived Big Hope 1 to bring cancer awareness to the shipping
industry as they both have family members affected by cancer.
“Big Hope 1
was built by Ceres Barge and painted pink for cancer awareness,” Vince Schu
said. “She launched in 2012 from Jeff Boat in Jeffersonville, Ind., after
she received her pink paint, which was donated by Sherwin Williams. Since
then, the barge has been traveling the inland waterways raising funds and
awareness for cancer research.”
“The money is used
to help offset costs for patients receiving clinical testing,” Schu added.
“The name Big Hope was selected as most of the patients at Mary
Crowley have some type of stage 4 cancer and this is their last hope for
treatment. Mary Crowley Cancer Research creates a medicine based on
patients' individual DNA and cancer type. They have made great strides and
with continued support may someday find a cure.”
Both FMT and the
Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor have contributed a portion of the revenues
generated by the shipment to Mary Crowley Cancer Research.
“It's an honor to
have Big Hope 1 at our port,” Port Director Ian Hirt said. “We are proud to
help promote awareness and support for this important cancer research