KENNEWICK — Adam Miller has a passion for pink. So much so he had his 2008 Nissan 350Z Nismo edition car (a collectible, he says) painted pink.
He lovingly calls the pretty in pink vehicle "Nissy."
"There were only 1,600 of these cars made," Miller said. "Her number is stamped on her center console. She's No. 764."
But there's more to this car than its color and collectible status.
Across the door panels on each side of the sports car are all the colored ribbons that represent each form of cancer.
Miller, 34, decided to have Nissy painted pink because he's on a mission for the fight against cancer.
"I have had four women in my family touched by this dreaded disease, not to mention friends," he said. "I was a bit tired of just being a cheerleader, (so) I decided to join the fight."
Part of that fight is making sure cancer awareness stays at the forefront of people's mind, he said. So to do his part, he plans to embark on a cross-country road trip with Nissy beginning May 27.
He will use vacation time for the two-week trek. He's an electrical field work supervisor for Washington River Protection Solutions at Hanford.
Painting her pink means she will stick out like a sore thumb, and Miller hopes people will notice her, as many in the Tri-Cities already have done.
He has made several personal appearances in the pink car this month raising awareness for cancer research, as well as to honor those who have battled the disease.
He plans to travel alone, listening to music and shooting video along the route. He will leave from Seattle and drive east to Spokane, then to Boise, down through Salt Lake City, then to Mayer, Ariz.
From there, he heads through Oklahoma and Tennessee until he hits Charleston, S.C., where he will turn around and head west across the northern states to get home.
"It'll be hard to miss a car like this driving cross country," Miller said. "My goal is that everyone I am able to speak to along the way realizes that pink isn't just the color for cancer, it's the color for breast cancer."
Kim Stephans, who manages the rock band Crashworx, already is a fan of Miller's pink car. She also is the regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Kennewick Chapter.
Stephans invited Miller to park his car at the chapter's recent rummage sale, where Nissy drew quite a bit of attention.
"We invited Adam to park his car at our event because one of the issues we as an organization are passionate about are women's issues," Stephans said. "What Adam is doing is a fantastic story, and he has already touched the hearts of many in the Tri-Cities."
A account has been set up at Bank of the West, 7525 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, for anyone who wishes to donate to the cause, Stephans said. Checks should be written to "Passion for the Pink."
As for Miller, he's looking forward to hitting the road.
"I plan on returning home to the Tri-Cities the second week in June," he said. "And I plan on keeping Nissy pink and continue generating a buzz for cancer."
Dori O'Neal: 509-582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org