St. Augustine, Florida – Cancer among firefighters is at epidemic levels. With a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general population, it is easy to understand the increased risk firefighters face on the job. To address this urgent need, Hoods For Heroes (HFH) is expanding its community partnership with Cancer Specialists of North Florida (CSNF), to deliver life saving equipment to the men and women of St. Johns County fire service. The delivery will take place on Saturday, December 15, at Noon at the Cancer Specialists of North Florida, 9 San Bartole Drive, St. Augustine.
Hoods For Heroes is donating $40,000 worth of specialty hoods to more than 330 firefighters in St. Johns County and the City of St. Augustine. These special hoods provide a more effective barrier against cancer-causing chemicals that are absorbed into the skin during a fire, especially in the head and neck area where the skin is thinnest. Hoods For Heroes receives donations from individuals and organizations like Cancer Specialists of North Florida to purchase the hoods, which are then distributed at no charge to firefighters.
Recently, Hoods For Heroes and CSNF also donated hoods to firefighters in Clay County, Florida. Hoods For Heroes is working to raise enough funds to provide every firefighter in America with at least one of the protective hoods.
In addition to the donation, tours of the Cancer Specialists of North Florida facility and its mobile PET scan will be available, along with food and music. The event begins at noon and continues until 2 p.m.
A firefighter’s risk for specific types of cancer is significantly higher. In fact, estimates are that one of every three firefighters will be diagnosed with cancer. The National Institute of Science and Health (NIOSH) reports that firefighters are 2.02 times higher risk for testicular cancer and 1.53 times at greater risk for multiple myeloma. It is reported that as many as one in three Firefighters will be diagnosed with cancer during their careers with current statistics indicating more than 60% of line of duty deaths are due to cancer. This collaboration will bring awareness and support to those who risk their lives daily to protect others.
“We are excited to partner with CSNF. They are passionate about delivering innovation to cancer care and are committed to providing high-quality health care,” co-founder Bill Hamiltonsaid. “Partnering with a leader in treating cancer and blood disorders will provide value to fire service and the surrounding communities.”
“Healthy firefighters support a healthy community,” added CEO Jeff Rountree.
The physicians at CSNF are board-certified and have trained at some of the top medical schools and cancer centers in the world. They treat many different types of cancer and blood related disorders while fostering a collegial environment that generates expertise in the field of personalized care, exhibiting teamwork across all specialties.
“CSNF is delighted to partner with Hoods For Heroes,” Bob Phelan, CSNF CEO said. “Our goal is to provide these men and women with particulate hoods in order to prevent cancer before it occurs. However, if a firefighter gets sick, it is our job to step in and provide the best possible resources and treatment. Every day these first responders protect lives, and we feel passionate about protecting theirs in return.”
For information or to RSVP for the event, Email Bill@HoodsForHeroes.org.
About Hoods For Heroes
Hoods For Heroes is a national non-profit with a passion for protecting first responders. Headquartered in Northeast Florida, the organization was founded with the mission of providing life-saving equipment to the men and women of the fire service. The all-volunteer organization raises funds to purchase the equipment and distribute it at no charge to first responders. Hoods For Heroes partners with more 30 fire service-related companies, and provides support, awareness and equipment to reduce the rate of cancer throughout the fire service. For more information, visit www.HoodsForHeroes.org or on Twitter at @Hoodsforheroes.
About Cancer Specialists of North Florida
As the largest privately-owned cancer practice in Northeast Florida, CSNF is able to provide quality, compassionate care to you in your community. They deliver an integrated approach to conquering cancer and blood disorders in their 9 local treatment centers. They specialize in medical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology, and molecular and diagnostic imaging. Additional services include clinical research and trials, specialty pharmacy, diagnostic lab, social work, and financial counseling. www.cancerspecialistsnf.com