South Summit Fire solicits donations for cancer research
September 2, 2016
For the last several years, volunteers with the South Summit Fire Protection District have stood with a boot in hand at various intersections throughout the Kamas Valley to solicit funds for medical research.
This year, the 28-member fire district has decided to support research surrounding a cure for a disease that has significantly impacted volunteers and their families — cancer. Firefighters will kick off their fundraising drive Give Cancer the Boot over Labor Day weekend.
"We have had so many people in the last four years pass away because of cancer, including our fire chief that died four years ago this month," said Scott Nagle, a public information officer with the South Summit Fire District. "Three years ago, our new chief's wife died and then our former chief's wife just found out that she has cancer again.
"We have had some teachers and counselors over here that have recently passed in the last year so we needed to do something that could help this community," Nagle said.
Approximately 10 firefighters will be at the junctions of State Roads 32 and 35 in Francis and State Roads 32 and 248 in Kamas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, seeking donations to fill their boots. On Labor Day, they will be at the junctions of State Roads 248 and 32 and State Roads 32 and S.R. 150 (Mirror Lake Highway) from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
"One hundred percent of the money goes right to research and we know that the money we raise won't cure cancer, but maybe it will be a part of the money when they hopefully do find a cure," Nagle said. "It's all about hope and fighting and these people that have cancer they have to fight."
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In the past, the fire district has joined other districts in supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Nagle said donations have totaled anywhere from about $4,800 to $8,000.
"What we are trying to do is we are trying to be visible in the community," Nagle said. "Even though we are a volunteer fire district, we do take pride in our community and want to show them that we can do something out there.
"Cancer affects all families and it doesn't discriminate," Nagle said. "I have seen quite a few people in that situation. Some fight it and beat it and some don't. But something that drives it home to me is that a lot of families are affected by this terrible disease and when people say, 'all I have is a bunch of change.' I always say back, 'it all adds up.'"
The proceeds that are raised over Labor Day weekend will help support the American Cancer Society, which is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient service programs, according to American Cancer Society website.
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