Local Firefighters Raising Money for Cancer

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Updated: 1/30/2014 6:50 pm

Firefighters help people in dangerous situations every day, but the Pocatello Fire Department is dedicating some of their time to raising money for a different life threatener, cancer.

Pocatello Fire Department gets a team together every year to do the annual stair climb fundraiser in Seattle. 26 states and 4 countries will be represented at that event in March, but the crew here wanted to get a leg up on their fundraising with a benefit concert at Portneuf Brewing Company this Saturday night at 8. Every cent raised goes towards finding a cure for blood cancers.

“Our new theme in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is “Someday is Today”, because we really do feel like with the right help, with the right researchers, with the right amount of money we can find a cancer cure today,” said the Campaign Manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Audra Daniels.

But to find that cure, it requires being able to fund it. That’s where the firefighters come in.

“We really depend on these guys to get out there and fundraise a lot of money. All the money goes towards supporting our mission which is providing patient services, advocacy, and research,” added Daniels.

The first of a few fundraisers kicks off this Saturday, where everyone is invited to a night out with good food and great music, to hopefully start chipping away at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s tremendous target.

“I know the goal for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to raise $2 million, so 1800 firefighters will be there this year climbing, and they bring all the funds they raised,” said Pocatello Firefighter and Climb Team member, Travis Dubois.

When the firefighters are climbing the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle, they’ll climb up 1,311 stairs in full gear, weighing over 50 pounds.

“Well we all should be in good enough shape to go up there, but yeah I have just been doing some extra cardio, some running,” said Dubois.  

Even though the task ahead is a little daunting, the Pocatello Fire Department isn’t going to shy away from the challenge. After all, making the world a better, safer, place, is kind of what they’re known for.

“If we have the opportunity to help someone, myself and my team, are always there to try to help do it,” said Dubois.

The benefit concert featuring “Heywire”, a local classic rock band, will begin at 8 pm on Saturday night. The PFD will have donation boxes, online donations capabilities, and t-shirts on sale for $25. Portneuf Valley Brewing won’t charge a cover and it is a family friendly event.


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