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 Volume 12, Issue 15  |  February 21, 2020


LB Firefighters Association hosts event to benefit Firefighter Cancer Support Network on Jan 24

By DIANNE RUSSELL

The Laguna Beach Firefighters Association (LBFFA) is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, Jan 24 from 4 -10 p.m. at the Laguna Beer Company to benefit the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). January has recently been designated as Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month by the International Association of Firefighters, whose theme is “Resolve to Evolve.” 

This is the first fundraiser event the LBFFA has held at a restaurant/brewery in support of the FCSN. Organizers promise attendees a wonderful evening – there will be great food, amazing beer, and wine available for purchase. There will also be live entertainment, raffles, and more.

California State Director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and active member of the LBFFA Captain Scott Jennie says, “The Laguna Beach Beer Company has graciously offered to donate 15 percent of the proceeds from the night to the LBFFA. LBFFA, in turn, will be donating 100 percent of these funds to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. We will be selling raffle tickets and raffling off prizes throughout the night. There is no charge to come out and attend the event; all are welcome.” 

Great raffle items

Captain Jennie continues, “I am unbelievably proud and moved by all the donations. The community support has truly been overwhelming. We have been given a generous amount of donated items such as a hotel stay at The Ranch, gift cards from numerous establishments including Hobie, Landmark Surf, Alessa, Romeo Cucina, Laguna Canyon Winery, Mozambique, Board and Brew, Wahoo’s, BJ’s Pizza, Lost Pier Café, Nirvana Grilel, Cryohaus, Toes on the Nose, Aliso Viejo Country Club, Proud Mary’s, Roots Laguna Beach, Fawn Memories, and I Love Bagels. Numerous other vendors have donated merchandise and swag. We also are receiving a donation from the OCFA Firefighters, Local 3631. We are still seeking donations to make the event as successful as we can. We will be selling LBFFA personal pint glasses, shirts, hats, and coffee mugs at the event, too.  A portion of these sales will also be donated to the FCSN.”

LB Firefighters group

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Money donated to Firefighter Cancer Support Network from LB Firefighters Association from sale of T-shirts in October, Captain Jennie on right

The LBFFA, Local 3684 raised funds for the FCSN by selling cancer awareness shirts during the month of October. In addition, Deb Conroy, wife of Fire Captain Dan Conroy, graciously donated money she raised from her nonprofit, The Five and Dime Four Nation, at the same time. 

The FCSN is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit that provides awareness and education training as well as support for firefighters and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer.

From the FCSN: “Cancer is the most dangerous threat to firefighter health and safety today. In 2017, 74 percent of the names of fallen firefighters added to the IAFF Memorial Wall of Honor in Colorado Springs were attributed to occupational cancer.”

--Cancer caused 61 percent of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2016, according to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). 

--Cancer caused 70 percent of the line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters in 2016. 

--Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general U.S. population. 

--Firefighters have a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population. 

The FCSN provides support for firefighters and their families who are diagnosed with cancer. They also provide awareness and educational training free of charge.

Mission of FCSN

The mission of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network is to help fire/EMS members and their families cope with cancer and to provide occupational cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide. 

--Together, we can provide comfort, strength, and hope by sharing our own experiences with the devastating effects of cancer. 

--Together, we can educate fire/EMS members about the importance of cancer screenings and early detection. 

--Together, we can promote an understanding that cancer does not have to be faced alone. 

--Together, we can make a difference.

“As the California State Director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and active member of the LBFFA,” says Captain Jennie, “I am overwhelmed at the amazing support we are receiving from both the members of the LBFFA and the Laguna Beach community. It us truly an honor to work beside these amazing individuals and in this great community.” 

Laguna Beer Company is located at 859 Laguna Canyon Rd, next door to the Sawdust Festival.

For more information on the LBFFA, go to www.lbffa.org.

 

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