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Help with Fire Department Ranks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacob Dec 31, 2008. 21 Replies's Page

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Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
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Firefighter, Fire Buff / Fire EnthusiastAdministrative Staff / Team Member
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About Me:

I am a two time cancer survivor and 12+ year Volunteer Firefighter.

In 2003 I was diagnosed with a grade 2 Astrocytoma (brain tumor) and underwent surgery to have it removed.

Almost 2 years to the day, I was told that the tumor had returned and once again underwent surgery.

I have fairly good insurance coverage but it only goes so far. I have to make a trip to the Cleveland Clinic every 3 months for an MRI to see if the tumor has returned. My insurance only pays 80% of the MRI, leaving me with the remaining that I have to pay out of pocket (about $2000 each time).

Needless to say, I simply can not keep up with the medical bills and am slowly falling further and further behind.

I decided to put my photography and graphics artistic talent to use and open an online store. I have put up this MySpace page to help spread the word about my online store so that I can make more sales. All of the profits go towards my ever mounting medical expenses.

I will also be announcing new products as they become available here!

Please, take a look at and if you see something you like, buy it... or if you see something that someone else might like, please let them know about it.

Thanks for looking!

Remember: Volunteer Firefighters - What if you called for help... and no one came?

Day Job:
Manager - Computer Software Company
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At 8:22am on February 28, 2008, Roger Bunner said…
I too battled cancer. I got divorced on Nov.2 2006 and in Jan 2007 i was told i had colon cancer. So i have been cancer free for a year and 2 months now. God bless anyone dealing with cancer.
At 8:13pm on January 21, 2008, Michael said…
I too have battled cancer. I was diagnosed with malignant kidney cancer in April 2007. The day the Doctor told my wife and me the news; life would never be the same. Thanks for saying what is hard for most of us to admit. We are human and not invincible. God bless, Mike
At 12:35pm on January 20, 2008, Reggie Cervantes said…
Did you work 9/11?
At 10:03pm on January 8, 2008, Alexandra Sutton-Pyle said…
Thanks for letting me know about your "firefighters with cancer" page. Your story was really touching. I joined ACS relay for life because I've had family members and friends of mine touched by cancer. And I wanted to help in the fight against cancer. Thanks again with best wishes.
At 4:41am on January 6, 2008, Denise said…
I'm a ten year cancer survivor, and know what you mean about medical bills - they just keep adding on every year, I too just keep getting further and further in debt. Check with the hospital for financial aid - they may charge you just a percentage of the bill. Check with pharmaceutical companies for help with meds. And just continue to enjoy life - we both know how priorities change when you get the "Big C" diagnosis.
At 11:53am on November 30, 2007, Patricia Lawing said…
Your pictures are so unbelievable. They seem to put you right there in the fireman's shoes. I'm so sorry to hear about your cancer. Pray hard and I and my friends will too, and maybe those MRI trips will eventually stop. Have faith. God loves you. I will look at what you have for sale. Your pictures rock! Keep on taking them. They are so enjoyable to look at.
Talk to you soon.
At 9:11am on August 23, 2007, TWYLLA said…
At 3:51pm on August 22, 2007, traci thompson said…
Hey buddy!!! Glad you see you here! Give hugs to your family for me.
At 12:20pm on August 19, 2007, said…

Now taking orders for designs with your Fire Department Engine, Rescue, Ladder Truck... whatever you want on 2008 calendars!

Here are a few samples from 2007:

Here is the deal:

1 - send me a photograph (800x600 min).
2 - Give me a description of how you want the text to read
3 - I will design the calendar for free and make it available for purchase on my CafePress store.

4 - I send you the link... and then you decide if youwant to buy and how many.

That's it!

Samples shown are single photo - I can also do 12 month/12 photo calendars as well!

Drop me an email: if you have any questions or would like to send me a photograph.



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