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CAL FIRE Firefighters need your help to bring awareness, mentorship, and to emphasize the importance of early detection and cancer screenings for Firefighters.
CAL FIRE is California’s Fire Department and the 2nd largest fire department in the United States. The goal of the CAL FIRE Firefighters is to raise funds throughout the year by hosting many events up and down California while also encouraging healthy activity in a family friendly environment. This also allows us to address the importance of cancer awareness that can help Fire Department members everywhere who are diagnosed with cancer and help bring awareness about what we can do to keep cancer out of the workplace and environments that Firefighters are exposed to every day.
Researchers have found that compared to non-firefighters, firefighters are twice as likely of developing testicular cancer, 50% higher risk for myeloma & non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and 28% higher risk for developing prostate cancer. From the carcinogens they breathe putting out a fire, to the exhaust fumes they inhale when in the engine bays, these daily occurrences cause an increased risk of developing cancer among firefighters. Cancer is becoming a leading cause of death among firefighters!
Together, WE CAN
- Provide Fire Department members and their families with an opportunity to receive assistance when dealing with cancer.
- Provide comfort, strength, and hope through our own experiences in dealing with the devastating effects of cancer.
- Educate Fire Department members regarding the importance of cancer screenings and early detection.
- Promote an awareness that cancer does not have to be dealt with alone.
Together, We Can Make a Difference