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Incline firefighters show support for Nevada cancer patients

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Jaemmie, a cancer patient, works a fire hose with two firefighters at the March 13 event.
Courtesy Leslie Katich |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Firefighters Local 2139 and Truckee Meadows Firefighters Local 3895 associations hosted a barbecue on March 13 to support Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

The “Day at the Fire House” at North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s Station No. 11 featured firefighters and cancer foundation families and was done in conjunction with a head-shaving event to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

“We are grateful to be able to come together and personally present these families with the proceeds from our annual Charitable Blackjack Tournament, which is sponsored by both firefighter associations,” said NLTFPD Capt. Carol Green. “The annual head shaving benefitting St. Baldrick’s is also a highlight of the event, as we are able to give back to two worthy charities.”

Childhood cancer leaves a devastating impact on families from the time a diagnosis is made, to even beyond treatment.

It is the top disease-related killer of children, with about 50 children in Northern Nevada diagnosed with some sort of childhood cancer each year.

“Seeing the bravery these families go through every day is eye-opening,” said NNCCF Executive Director Debbie Strickland. “Their bravery is one of the many reasons why we continuously support them.”

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.

The goal of the “Day at the Fire House” annual event is not only to help those families going through childhood cancer, but to assist in funding the research to cure it.

“The event is a time for families to meet and greet their local firefighters and for children to explore our fire engines and the station,” said Truckee Meadows Firefighter Ian Satterfield, who added that he wanted to thank Raley’s for donating food for the lunch. “We look forward to this event each year, as we are able to truly see the positive impact we can have on these families’ lives.”

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, which helps organize the event each year. Visit nvchildrenscancer.org to learn more. Visit stbaldricks.org to learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.


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