Late last month, Luke Story, a full-time Sergeant with the Jonesborough Fire Department in Jonesborough, TN, received news that would change his life. CANCER. The one word that has an ever-changing effect on life. Story was hired 15 years ago as a full-time firefighter at age 21. Now, at age 36, Story has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. After receiving the news, Sgt. Story decided he would do what he has done all of his adult life…FIGHT!
It is often said that there isn’t anything stronger than the brotherhood and the bond that firefighters hold amongst themselves. Story’s friends and coworkers immediately started planning events, fundraisers, and most importantly…are by his side through this battle. They have vowed to do whatever it is possible to help Story fight. Almost immediately, they learned that insurance had denied Story for a much needed PET scan that could cost into the thousands of dollars.
After receiving the news, I have started following the progress of the fundraisers, events, and even reached out to Sgt. Story. When asked how the brotherhood could help the most, Sgt. Story told me several ways. First and foremost, we need to continue to pray for Sgt. Story, his family, his brothers and sisters at the Jonesborough Fire Department, and for his friends as they help him on a daily basis.
Ways To Help
- An account has been established at the First Tennessee Bank as: Benefit to Luke Story for anyone that is local to the Tri-Cities area.
- A GoFundMe page has been made for those who are not in the area, but would like to donate. Click here to view the GoFundMePage. At time of publishing, over $1,100 has been raised of the $10k goal.
- A t-shirt has been designed to show support, and can be purchased by contacting Natalie Hilton at email@example.com or 423-753-1045 or 423-773-7725.
- Ridin’ for Luke Festival: This event will take place at Wetlands Water Park in Johnson City, TN on October 18th. The festival will include a motorcycle ride, corn hole tournament, live music, inflatables, door prizes, and more. The flier for the event has been attached below.
Earlier this week, Story began chemotherapy treatments and will continue to FIGHT! Help show your support to our brother firefighter with one of the links, events, etc listed above. All of these events, and future events will be posted on a new Facebook Page called: Story Strong. We will continue to help Sgt. Story fight this battle, and we hope you will also!