Firefighters Doing Their Part to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness


After being touched by the disease when the wife of a member of the department was diagnosed with breast cancer, the Lakewood, Ohio fire department is doing its part to raise awareness as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  They will be wearing breast cancer awareness t-shirts while on duty and selling awareness t-shirts over the course of the month to raise money and awareness about the disease.

Firefighters Doing Their Part to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness“LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Breast Cancer Awareness Month is less than a month away and the Lakewood Fire Department is doing their part to support the cause.

The firefighters are raising funds to fight a disease that’s hitting close to home.

“A member of our department has recently been affected by this terrible disease and for him and his family we want to be able to show support within the breast cancer community and be able to give back,” said Ryan Birth, a Lakewood firefighter.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lakewood firefighters will be selling t-shirts for $20, plus they will be wearing them on-duty to raise awareness.

The shirts are blue and pink and have the traditional pink ribbon on them.

The money raised will go toward a local charity, the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation; the foundation helps families affected by cancer.

“The amount of love and support that you get from them it’s amazing,” said Joe Cawley, a Lakewood firefighter.

Joe Cawley has been a firefighter for 13 years and back in May his wife, Sarah, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery and recently finished chemotherapy, but still has more treatments ahead of her.

Cawley said the support he’s had from his fellow firefighters has helped his family tremendously.

“It’s a family and it’s hard to describe that to people that are not in this job, but if you talk to anybody who does this job, they are as close as your family and you spend as much time as you do with your family,” said Cawley.

“This is more than just a job and this is a brotherhood. The guys that you come in here see them just as much as you see your family. We eat together; we share meals together; and we go through tough times together and it really feels great to support him like that,” said Nick Sambula, a Lakewood firefighter.”

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