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Working To Extinguish Firefighter Cancer Since 2004
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  • Who We Are and What We Do
    Our Mission Statement
    Mar 09, 2015

    Our Mission Statement

    The 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, research and prevention to ensure the quality of life and retirement of fire fighters around  the world.

    IFCF Board of Directors
    Nov 01, 2016

    Board of Directors:

    Cindy Ell – President
    Retired Firefighter/Critical Care Paramedic, Anne Arundel County, MD IAFF Local 1563, Cancer Survivor

    Jorge Rivera – Vice President - East
    Firefighter Wilmington, DE, Local 1590

    Joe Don James – Vice President West
    Retired Firefighter/Paramedic/Fire Instructor, Mansfield, TX, IAFF Local 3599, Cancer Survivor

    Chris Foley - Secretary
    Retired Firefighter/Paramedic, East Hartford IAFF Local 1548

    Jim Plieth - Treasurer
    Firefighter, Peer Fitness Trainer, Detroit IAFF Local 344

    Regional Directors:

    Mike Valenti - Northeast
    Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania

    Mary McElroy- Mid-Atlantic
    Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia

    Peter Berger - Southeast
    North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas

    Brad Sibley - Midwest
    Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri

    Sarah Contreras - Southwest
    Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii

    Vacancy - Northwest
    North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska

    State Directors:

    Frank Villalpando - California

    Jamie Markham - Colorado

    Dan Huften - Connecticut

    Sarah Contreras - New Mexico

    Steve McGraw - New York

    Ed Grossbauer - North Dakota

    Bucky Mock - South Carolina

    Todd Wagoner - Tennessee

    Robert Moreau – Virginia

    International Directors:

    Steve Bunney - Australia

    Department Coordinators:


    Rick Rochford- Hazardous Materials Coordinator

    Sarah Thoma - Community Outreach Specialist

    Jim Preston - 9/11 Responders Coordinator

    Deirdre Padilla - Member Resource Coordinator
    RN, Wound Specialist, Home Health Specialist, DMAT Member

    Pam Poad - Health Advocate, Nurse Practitioner

    Jennifer K. McNamara, Esq -  Family Advocate & Widow of FDNY FF John McNamara (John F. McNamara Foundation)

    Cindy Scheafer - America Never Forget Coordinator

    Vacant - IFCF Kids Coordinator Pediatric Cancer Advocate, Cancer Survivo

    Genete Bowen - IFCF Paws Coordinator Certified Animal Massage Therapist, DogE-911

    Walter Lewis - Education / F.O.O.L.s Coordinator Active Firefighter/Fire Instructor/ IAFF Local 1365

    Jamie Markham - Antique Equipment / Education / IAFF Local 858

    Marci Jo Mishoe - Executive Administrator


    Satellite Offices:

    Columbus Office: Apex Fire Services
    449 Industry Dr., Columbus, OH 43204
    Local Phone: 614.274.6400


    It is the intention of the Intenational Firefighter Cancer Foundation to serve as an advocate, educational, and supportive tool for the fire fighter service community. Information disseminated via web contact or FFCF representatives should not be used in lieu of professional medical advice and care.

    Web links provided by the IFCF or other parties that link to the FFCF do not constitute an endorsement nor do we assume privacy control.

    The IFCF does not share, trade, or sell donor mailing lists, contributor, or program participant information.

    The following have been filed as Service Marks of the IFCF:

    International Firefighter Cancer Foundation Working to Extinguish Fire Fighter Cancer Strive to Survive Artwork: Lavender ribbon logo w/ nozzle, Lavender ribbon w/ fire helmet, Pink ribbon w/fire helmet, Yellow ribbon w/fire helmet, Green ribbon w/fire helmet.

    Reproduction of these is granted only with the express permission of the International Firefiighter Cancer Foundation, Inc. Questions regarding policy may be forwarded to:

    International Firefighter Cancer Foundation (IFCF)
    P.O. Box 1640
    Deland, FL 32721
    Phone: 866.411.3323

    Our Goals
    Mar 09, 2015

    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.
    Mar 09, 2015

    So What is S.P.E.A.R.

    • SupportOffer 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 – Provide personalized disease and treatment navigation help. Identify and locate resources needed. 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 all first responders to include 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.

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