CANCER: A terrible disease that has effected us all in one way or another. I personally have lost family members to cancer, and recently, our entire department and community has been grieving the loss of one of our fire wives that passed away just last week after a very long battle with cancer. We have also recently had one of our firefighters receive the diagnosis, a young, fit, active firefighter that I was hired with just 6 1/2 years ago. Cancer effects the young, the old, the healthy, etc. We are all at risk, and recently studies have showed that firefighters are at a much greater risk than others.
The brothers at the Kingsport Fire Department recently developed a workout for our coworker that was recently diagnosed with cancer. He just had his second surgery since receiving the intial diagnosis a few months ago, and is still awaiting some of the results. This individual is one that is like a bull in a china shop while in the gym. He’s known to be seen at the firehouse in full gear and an airpack slinging sledge hammers, running, and flipping tires. Physical fitness is a key part of who he is, and we know that he’s stronger than any one of us. We hate to see him down during his recovery, and want him to know that we are here for him. Several guys on each shift have completed the workout, and I have no doubt that more will participate.
ALMEN…Get Well WOD
AMRAP until Out of Air (As Many Rounds As Possible)
Lat Pull Down: 100#’s/ 20 reps
Tricep Push Down: 120#’s/ 15 reps
Push-ups: 20 reps
Battle Rope: 30 reps
KB Swings: 15 reps
WOD is to be completed with Full gear, Weighted vest, while ON-AIR (SCBA)
The WOD can be scaled as needed.
I’d also like to take a second to ask that we remember the family and friends of Stephen Skipton, Sr, co-owner of SConFire.com, a First Arriving Network partner, who passed away over the weekend after his battle with cancer this year. I was able to meet Todd Pruitt, his business partner in Baltimore this year at the Firehouse Expo. A full post including the arrangements and obituary are available here (link): http://www.sconfire.com/2014/08/24/services-firefighter-emt-stephen-skipton-sr-announced/
Our brothers, at Kilted to Kick Cancer(link) released their PSA today to “kick” things off for September, Prostate Awareness Month. The Kilted to Kick Cancer website is set up where you can create a fundraising team to raise money by wearing your kilt during the month of September while not “on-duty.” They suggest that when asked why you are wearing your kilt to reply with asking if they knew that 1 in 7 men are diagnosed with Prostate or Testicular cancer during their life. The video has a bit of humor in it as well…Great job Justin and Jason! #DunkYourJunk
International Fire Firefighter Foundation: Firefighters dedicate their lives to the service of others. The International Firefighter Cancer Foundation was established to provide international outreach, support, and resource assistance programs for firefighters and family members that are stricken by cancer. The Foundation is creating state of the art programs for cancer education, awareness, and prevention to ensure the quality of life and retirement of fire fighters around the world. -ffcancer.org