The Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation

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About The Foundation

The Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation was founded in 2012 after two of our own were diagnosed with cancer. 

We formed the foundation and started working with organizations in our area to support local firefighters. 

Our Ongoing Mission

To provide members of the Schenectady Fire Department and their families assistance when dealing with cancer. We strive to provide comfort, strength, and hope in dealing with the devastating effects of cancer through education, advocacy, and financial assistance.

All board members of the Foundation are full-time Schenectady firefighters who donate their time and effort to continue the mission of the Foundation. Prevention is possible. The Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation encourages and facilitates best practices to limit exposure to both firefighters and their family members.

We bring to our members the most cutting edge opportunity for screening, prevention, and education.

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2024 RFYL Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors.

Why Are We Needed?

  • Firefighters are exposed to carcinogens in the firehouse, on the fire ground, and even when wearing/handling PPE.
  • Firefighters are 300% more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid cancers*
  • Firefighters are 400% more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancers*
  • Firefighters are 150% more likely to die from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma**
  • Firefighters are 130% more likely to die from prostate cancer**
Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Fund
  • Firefighters are 125% more likely to die from bladder cancer**
  • Firefighters are 120% more likely to die from esophageal cancer**
  • Firefighters are 200% more likely to die from testicular cancer**
  • Firefighters’ chances of death from lung cancer and leukemia rise as call volume increases.***
  • Firefighters are twice as likely to suffer “severe malignant mesothelioma” compared to non-firefighting peer groups.***

Run For Your Life

In honor of the 15 year anniversary we are spotlighting the focus of what this event is all about: Firefighter Cancer Awareness, education and acknowledgement of the dangers and health risks that the men and women of the Schenectady Fire Department face on a daily basis.

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2023 Run 4 Your Life 5k A HUGE thank you for a record year with the 14th Run 4 Your Life 5k! We had over 1000 people in the park, 700 runners and walkers, and for the first time this event has brought in over $50,000 for the Foundation. This money will be a wonderful asset in the fight to prevent firefighter cancer.

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