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The Byrne Out Cancer Foundation

About this Project:

My dream is to start a foundation in honor of my dad who developed cancer as a result of working 30 years on the Kansas City Fire Department. Cancer has become the #1 killer of firefighters across the nation due to the carcinogens they inhale and absorb. Since he died I have wanted to do something about the increasing rates of cancer in the fire department because of the lack of recognition that it is given. I think to myself, firefighters are saving us, why aren’t we saving them? Very few cancers are recognized as job-related illnesses, therefore, families aren’t given proper support or benefits. A way to reduce the risk is to get special washing machines to extract the carcinogens from the fire gear. Through this foundation, I want to be able to raise funds to purchase these extractors for the fire departments, get a second set of gear for the firefighters while the other is being washed, and help pay for travel and medical expenses for firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer.

Published By:

Colleen Byrne

Kansas City, MO

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