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Island Talkback: Relay for Life

Submitted by on 1, June 25, 2010 – 5:00 amNo Comment

On June 26, Alameda Firefighters Local 689 will be participating in the Alameda Relay for Life in support of one of their own members who is currently battling cancer. The member, a captain and 14-year veteran of the department, was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer in March and is presently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

There have been several reported cases of cancer amongst the firefighters of the AFD within the last two decades, most notably the death of 28-year -old fireman David Macho, who succumbed to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1993. The firefighters of Local 689 have committed to raising over $10,000 for the Relay For Life event, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society, in hopes of increasing public awareness while standing in solidarity with their brother who is currently fighting the disease.

The event will be held on the track at Encinal High School, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and commencing at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 27. Local 689 and other participating teams will camp out at the event and have representatives walking or running around the track at all times, serving as a constant reminder that “cancer never sleeps.”

The event is held to honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease, and to raise awareness and money to aid in the fight against cancer in our community.

Alameda residents can learn more about the event by logging on to the Alameda Firefighters’ Relay For Life web page.

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