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The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation:
Working to extinguish fire fighter cancer.

Fire fighters dedicate their lives to the service of others. The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation was established to provide international outreach, support, and resource assistance programs for fire fighters and family members that are stricken by cancer.  The Foundation is creating state of the art programs for cancer education, awareness, and prevention to ensure the quality of life and retirement of fire fighters around  the world.

Our Goals
The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation will promote knowledge, awareness, and advocacy for the fire fighter diagnosed with cancer. The foundation will continue to support active and retired fire fighters by promoting occupation specific cancer screening and wellness testing. We are seeking volunteers, medical and fire service advisors, benefactors, and partnership with organizations of similar goals.
We are here to: S.P.E.A.R.
  • Support – Offer emotional support and social assistance for fire fighters and family members battling cancer.  
  • Promote – Encourage health and wellbeing by endorsing annual occupation specific cancer screenings and wellness testing.  
  • Educate – Provide resource information to assist the fire fighter diagnosed with cancer to better understand their disease.  Partner with other international cancer organizations to offer education and awareness programs.  
  • Assist – Establish a national prescription assistance program for fire fighters diagnosed with cancer.   Provide our members enduring chemotherapy with a home air purification unit to help them remain healthy during treatment. Effect improved communication among retired fire fighters.  
  • Research – Identify leaders in medicine and science who can offer treatment options. Educate national and regional elected officials to advance national fire fighter cancer studies.
A Bridge To New Beginnings

Happy January and Greetings as we enter our 10th year of service to Emergency Responders and their Families.  We are excited to be entering another growth and restructuring phase both Nationally and Internationally.  Part of this process includes website redesign, increase of member resources and services, new representative hubs, education, outreach and research.  We invite you to follow us on our journey and encourage you to participate through free site membership.  Your feedback is valuable into the shaping of our future and how we can better serve YOU.

Trained Dog Can Detect Early Stages of Cancer

Last week members of the Detroit Fire Department received a visit from Wyatt, a highly trained Rhodesian Ridgeback which has the ability to detect early stages of cancer.  Accompanying Wyatt was Cindy Ell, President of the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation.  This news story was covered by Action News 7, WXYZ and ABC Affiliate in Detroit and you can read about this by clicking here.

Study Involving Bay Area Firefighters Confirms Cancer Risk
A recent news story covered by KPIX Channel 5 (CBS) in the San Francisco Bay Area shows the continued risk to Fire Fighters and deaths attributed to Cancer.  The latest tragedy was the passing of 48 year old Ben Plake, a 27 year member of the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department.  Read more about this on the Channel 5 website by clicking here.

FFCF & DogE911: South Carolina Firefighters Rescue Animals & Improve their Wellness

A unique training class was offered for the first time on the East Coast in Berkeley County, SC at the Pimlico Fire Department. The FFCF & DogE911 teamed up to provide firefighters with both health / wellness information as well as  animal emergency training for any scenario a responder may face. One never knows when a human emergency can involve a beloved pet or wild animal.

Pet O2 mask kits were also donated to the PFD courtesy of Invisible Fence and "Project Breathe". The attendees received training on small & large animal triage and CPR in addition to O2 mask handling and care.

The FFCF wrapped the evening with "Canine Scent Detection" testing of the firefighters for occupational disease and wellness information to improve their health with a focus on carcinogen exposure identification and reduction.  Read more by clicking here.

Allies in the Fight Against Cancer
Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation and Friends of Firefighters: Allies in the fight against cancer The Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation (FFCF) and New York City’s, Friends of Firefighters, Inc. (FoF) are common allies in the plight of first responders fighting occupational illnesses.

What's New at Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation
Passing of Founding Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation Member

With a heavy heart, amazing memories, & much gratitude, we share the passing of AACoFD Retired Engineman III David Fowler. On this anniversary of Dave's original occupational cancer diagnosis, we remember his tenacity to fight for / serve others, repeatedly beat the beast/hospice care & leave a friend & firefighting legacy written about in books. Whether you are lucky enough to have served with him, be trained by him, or just laugh with him, you are a better person. RIP my Brother.

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