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Florida firefighters fight war on cancer, help one of their own

In Florida, firefighters are holding a fundraiser called the “War on Cancer Street Party” to support one of their own.
/ Source: WPBF-TV

The battle against cancer is being fought on the streets of Wellington, Fla.

Local firefighters are holding a fundraiser called the “War on Cancer Street Party” to help support one of their own.

Hundreds came out to support Chris Bradley, a firefighter in need of camaraderie after being diagnosed with melanoma.

Last year, Bradley, a firefighter in Greenacres, found a strange mole on his back. He said within weeks, he learned it was stage 3 cancer. “It was definitely a change of pace to be the one needing the help, and everybody gave me an overwhelming amount of support,” he said.

Sunday’s event at World of Beer in Wellington raised money and awareness as firefighters from across the area showed up.

“They reserved me a seat in the dunk tank,” said Palm Beach County Fire Chief Steve Jerauld. “I don’t think there's anyone with an arm strong enough to put me in.”

Jerauld said all firefighters are like family.

“There’s a brotherhood in the fire service,” he said. “It's an unbelievable bond. You don't have to know the guy in need. We’re a unique breed of people.”

That’s why Bradley, in light of his disease, decided to start his own charity helping firefighters around the country who have been diagnosed with cancer.

“Send us your medical bills, and if you start losing money because you had to quit your job, send us your mortgage payments so that way we can just help you out,” Bradley said.