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.
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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.
Thomas Thompson put himself in danger every day for 50 years, but the retired firefighter didn't see another danger lurking: cancer.
"I don't think that we ever expected that, and that's the reason it's always a large shock when somebody tells you that you have it," Thompson said.
A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found higher rates of cancer in firefighters than in the rest of the U.S. population.
The International Firefighter Cancer Foundation is encouraging firefighters to seek help sooner rather than later. They hope firefighters will take advantage of their new tool to check for cancer - dogs, Read the entire story by clicking here.
We realize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but we are featuring a new Health & Wellness Article that is entitled Exercise and Breast Cancer: Things You Can Do. We invite you to read the article by clicking here.
FF Cancer Awareness Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles
What's New at Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation
As the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation enters it's 11th year of service to First Responders and their families, we memorialize the folks we have lost, celebrate with our survivors, and extend great thanks to our friends, supporters, and partners.
We are excited to unveil a new name, IFCF (International Firefighter Cancer Foundation, website (www.ffcancer.org), new Executive Board and staff positions. During the month of June, we will share many changes for the future. If you have not yet become a member, please take a moment to join. Our services are free and membership is confidential. Email communication will be restricted to a scheduled newsletter with "opt out" available.
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