Photo by Jay Huff
Tom Stanton and Chris Rosenthal wearning the shirts Tuesday at the fire hall.
Logo on the back.
North Platte Professional Firefighters, Local 831, are raising money for cancer victims with the shirts on their backs. The firefighters are selling blue tee-shirts with pink accents for around $20. All the proceeds go to the Gifts of Hope program, which helps cancer victims pay incidental expenses.
The firefighters did the same two years ago and raised about $1,000.
The money eventually goes for utilities, rent, insurance payments for medicines, transportation, gas, and motels, helping victims who cannot work and need to leave town for treatments.
“We once painted a garage,” Gifts of Hope vice president Yvonne Hedgecock said. “We help with yard work sometimes. Sometimes, we provide a driver to take someone to treatment.”
There are eight active volunteer members of the Gifts of Hope organization, who can call in more help if a big project needs to be attacked.
About $2,000 each monnth is donated to victims through the program, Hedgecock said.
Sayna Dunn of the firefighters union said the tee-shirt sales are something they wanted to do to take part in breast cancer awareness.
“Instead of giving to a national organization, we give to a great organization that helps locally,” she said.
Hedgecock became involved about eight year ago, when a close friend of hers died of cancer. She likes the way the program helps others.
“We wanted something that would get some money to someone quickly when they need it,” she said. “We have safeguards, but we can act promptly – within 24 hours – if we need to.”
Tee-shirts can be purchased at any of the three fire stations in North Platte, or through a facebook page for the North Platte Professional Firefighters, Local 831.
Long-term, Hedgecock would like to see a hospice house supervised by a registered nurse.
“It’s a relatively distant goal now, but there is a need,” she said. “We’d also like to see a house where families of victims could stay while their loved one is undergoing treatment.”