Palm Harbor Firefighters Fight to Battle Cancer and Support Community at 2012 Relay For Life

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Palm Harbor Fire Rescue is battling cancer by raising money for the American Cancer Society

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Firefighters at the 2011 Relay For Life

Our inspiration comes from those who have fought against cancer, are currently fighting cancer, and whose families and friends that have supported them

On April 13, 2012, Palm Harbor University High School will be the location for the 2012 Relay For Life event. Not only is the local high school getting involved, but Firefighter’s from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue have formed their own team and will help fight the cancer battle as team “Rescue Heroes” in keeping with this year’s cartoon theme. The firefighters have been actively participating in Relay For Life events since 2006.

In a report by the University of Cincinnati’s environmental health department, researchers found that firefighters are twice as likely to develop testicular cancer and have significantly higher rates of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer than people in other professions — and overall found 10 cancers that were either possibly or probably related to firefighting.*

“Our inspiration comes from those who have fought against cancer, are currently fighting cancer, and whose families and friends that have supported them. It is important for us to show our support to our own that have battled cancer and to support our community in this fight,”commented James Angle, Fire Chief of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and Team Captain. Chief Angle also serves on the Palm Harbor Relay For Life Committee as the Operations Chair for the event.

Team fundraising is well underway and the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Team has already raised $2360 so far for this year’s event. The Palm Harbor Fire Rescue team “Rescue Heroes” plan to host a chili and salsa fundraiser along with fire truck rides on the Dalmatian truck at the event to raise additional donations for the American Cancer Society.

To learn more about or donate to the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Relay For Life team visit: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=37593&team_id=1021934

To find out more information about Relay For Life Palm Harbor, FL, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/palmharborfl.

About Relay For Life:
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and is driven by volunteers. Relay for Life began in 1985 when colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordon Klatt decided to raise money for the American Cancer Society in honor of his patients by walking around a track in a 24 hour period. Today, Relay For Life events are held in more than 5,000 communities spanning 21 countries and have raised an estimated over $3 billion. All proceeds go to funding cancer research with the aims of stomping out the disease. In addition to fundraising, the event also raises awareness of the disease and furthers the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, helping them get well, and by finding cures and fighting back. More information on Relay for Life is available at http://www.relayforlife.org.

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, and advocacy. The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion to date. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have cancer will be celebrating their next birthday. To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit http://www.cancer.org.

*Walker, James. “Study: Firefighters face higher cancer rates”. The Stamford Times; published online on February 16, 2007. http://www.eh.uc.edu/news/pdfs/lockey-01-18-07.pdf

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