While we clearly know cancer in the fire service is a national issue, until now no concentrated effort has been undertaken here in Georgia to determine how big of a local issue this really is. The Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation is taking the lead in gathering data from Georgia’s Fire Service regarding the incidences involving firefighter cancer diagnosis as well as cancer related deaths. The information gathered will be very useful: First, it will be utilized to determine if further research specific to our state or region should be conducted. Secondly, it will be helpful in obtaining a clearer picture of the financial burden under the current health care system, as well as the potential burden if presumption legislation did exist. And finally it will assist by providing hard data for state legislators who are actively pursuing presumptive legislation on our behalf.
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The GFFF hits $ 3 Million!
The PSOB approved LODD benefits for another family being assisted by the Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation this week. This approval brings the total amount of benefits received by families through the foundations efforts to $3,205,590.73.
The foundation has assisted a total of 17 families from three states since 2010 and staff is still working with nine of those families in the application process.
By utilizing the foundation for assistance the family’s burden in the difficult and cumbersome application process is minimized to every extent possible while the all volunteer foundation staff advocates on behalf of the family throughout the entire process, which can take as long as three years. Additionally, and most importantly the foundations assistance comes with absolutely no expense to the family, they receive 100% of the benefit and all expenses related to the application process are covered by the foundation.
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Sunday August 17th was Braves Firefighter Appreciation Night, the Braves not only beat the Oakland A's but they hit a homerun with the fire service. Nearly 700 tickets were sold raising over $4,000 for the Foundation. The pre-game show brought tribute to tribute to firefighters while also creating awareness for those who have lost their lives giving to their communities. The Foundation and surviving family members were honored through video and a special on-field presentation during the pre-game show. The game which was originally scheduled for 1:35 experienced a time change when ESPN picked it up as the Sunday Night Game of the Week, firefighters from as far away as Alabama, Florida and Tennessee still made the trek to be part of the festivities. Plans are already underway to make next year’s event bigger and better. Thanks to all that came out to support the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation.