Firefighters team up with UACC to 'Give Cancer the Boot'

Chuck Wunder, Green Valley Fire District
Chuck Wunder, Green Valley Fire District

On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund, Inc. made a $10,000 donation to The University of Arizona Cancer Center, which will go toward researching cancers that tend to have a higher than normal incidence among firefighters. The event took place in front of The University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Green Valley Fire District members Chuck Wunder and Harry Smith, along with representatives from the Tucson Fire Department, presented the check to the Cancer Center’s lymphoma research program — the organization’s first donation to a cancer-research facility located in a western state.

“A disproportionate number of firefighters end up battling cancer at some point in their lives,” said Wunder, a testicular cancer survivor.

University of Arizona Cancer Center physician and researcher Thomas Miller, MD, was on hand to receive the donation. Dr. Miller is the director of the Cancer Center’s Lymphoma Program, and his son is an active firefighter.

“We’ve been impressed with this organization’s work with cancer centers on the east coast, and it’s our mission at the Green Valley Fire District to bring this program to Southern Arizona and throughout the western United States,” Smith said.

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