Firefighters Unite Against Cancer Gala
Thank you for your interest in supporting the first-ever Firefighters Unite against Cancer (FU Cancer) event and
joining the fight against the cancer epidemic that continues to ravage our profession.
As you may be aware, cancer attacks fire fighters at a rate significantly higher than the general population. Each and
every day, the list of firefighters battling cancer and who die at the hands of this disease grows even longer.
Why is this happening? Years ago, American homes and businesses were filled with things made from traditional
materials like wood. Today, our homes, businesses, furnishings and equipment are constructed from synthetics and
inorganic materials that contain any number of carcinogens. Now, when fire fighters enter a burning structure, we
face toxic fumes and airborne poisons. Couple this exposure with the other hazards of our profession – lack of
sleep, 56-hour work weeks, post-traumatic stress disorder plus a variety of other illnesses and a career as a fire
fighter creates a perfect storm of cancer exposure.
The 493 Firefighter Foundation, previously known as “United Phoenix Firefighters Charities,” helps firefighters in a
comprehensive way when cancer strikes. We provide financial assistance through our Cancer Fund to help with co
pays, out-of-network healthcare, and incredibly expensive medications. Given that no one is ever prepared for
cancer, we educate our firefighters through our Member Benefits program on their options for prevention and
treatment. Our Member Services program exists to fill the gaps experienced by firefighters diagnosed with cancer
and their loved ones, who inevitably must to adjust to significant life changes in the wake of cancer.
As move ahead on this effort to fight cancer, we need help from our friends and supporters. Our needs include
everything from financial sponsorships to in-kind donations to be used as raffle and silent auction items. All
donations can be made to “493 Firefighter Foundation,” a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We recommend you
consult your accountant for tax information regarding the deductible status of your donation.
If you have specific questions please reach out directly to our event chair; Cody Brooks CBrooks@Local493.or
Thank you for your support. I very much look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Firefighter FU Cancer event!