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Firefighters to run in gear for cancer funds

Friday, April 25, 2014 4:53 PM
Last updated Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:18 AM
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Carrying an extra 65 pounds will slow down, but won’t stop, a group of firefighters lacing up their shoes Saturday.

A few dozen firefighters from the Augusta area will run a 5k race wearing their heavy firefighting gear to raise money for fellow brethren battling cancer. About 60 other supporters will also join the race.

“Instead of running a 6-minute mile, you run a 14-minute mile,” said race organizer Phillip Weathers, a firefighter at Savannah River Site. “You have to go a lot slower.”

Proceeds from the race will support two local firefighters undergoing treatment for cancer. The family of a third firefighter who died from cancer will also benefit from the race.

The local race was inspired by a group of South Carolina firefighters that started running races in their gear to bring attention to the rates of cancer among firefighters. Numerous health studies have found increased rates of cancer among firefighters, possibly because of exposure to contaminants known or suspected to cause cancer.

“A lot of people run races for good causes but we are upping the ante. Firefighters are notorious for doing that,” Weathers said.

IF YOU GO

What: Fire-K Five-K

Where: Cross Creek High School, 3855 Old Waynesboro Rd.

When: 8:30 a.m. today; kids race at 8 a.m.: registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Cost: $30

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wildman
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wildman 04/25/14 - 04:58 pm
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Outstanding

If more people would think of others like this group we would all be better off.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/26/14 - 06:45 am
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Running a race doesn't do

Running a race doesn't do anything to help anybody. Neither does all the Susan G Komen "Race for the Cure" runs, and their walks, and all of those other "feel good" marathons.

Cancer patients and their families need hands-on help, not this kind of pseudo "support".

They would be better off to go over to those patients' houses and spend the day cleaning and repairing their homes, and doing general maintenance. Washing their cars, cleaning out their garages, painting, scrubbing the kitchen floor, the 101 jobs that need doing in a home.

curly123053
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curly123053 04/26/14 - 01:11 pm
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A True Brotherhood

corgimom obviously is not aware of people needing monetary assistance while they deal with illnesses. I guarantee you these brothers and sisters in the brotherhood of firefighters have already been over to those patients' houses and spend the day cleaning and repairing their homes, and doing general maintenance. Washing their cars, cleaning out their garages, painting, scrubbing the kitchen floor, the 101 jobs that need doing in a home.........Some people cannot get their meds and treatments without money up front. As a former EMS/Firefighter I have been following the updates on this event. These firefighters have secured donations through pledges for their run. They have also raised money by other means to help out their follow brothers in need. I have done emergency responding since 1979 and I have learned that there are not many true brotherhoods like firefighters and other emergency response professionals.

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