Our MissionThe International Firefighter Cancer Foundation:
Working to extinguish Firefighter Cancer.
Firefighters dedicate their lives to the service of others. The International Firefighter Cancer Foundation was established to provide international outreach, support, and resource assistance programs for firefighters 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 International Firefighter Cancer Foundation will promote knowledge, awareness, and advocacy for the firefighter diagnosed with cancer. The foundation will continue to support active and retired firefighters 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 firefighters 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 firefighter 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 firefighters 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 firefighters.
Research – Identify leaders in medicine and science who can offer treatment options. Educate national and regional elected officials to advance national firefighter cancer studies.
Kathy Crosby Bell, the mother of Michael Kennedy, a Boston Firefighter who lost his life at the Back Back fire in early 2014 testified before a City Council hearing on Firefighter Safety measures that includes installing Washing Machines in all 34 Engine Houses in Boston. This would be a very important step in reducing carcinogens that are left in the turnout gear of firefighters after an incident and contributes to cancer in firefighters. Read the entire article by clicking here.
New study links firefighters, increased risk for cancer
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — They do what most would never dare — rush into burning buildings saving lives and homes. But many firefighters are now dying from something that stays with them long after the flames are out.
“The tumor was larger than a baseball,” said Goose Creek Fire Chief Steve Chapman.
Chief Chapman was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Sharp stomach pains sent him to the doctor. A biopsy revealed the bitter truth. He had colon cancer, one of the leading killers of men. Read the entire article by clicking here.
Firefighters in Idaho are currently not covered under Presumptive Laws that covers Full-time Firefighters that contract these types of illness.
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