Sometimes the most tragic of circumstances can bring out the absolute best in people. So it is with a New Hampshire firefighter who has fought valiantly against cancer … and the family, friends, co-workers, and community members far and wide that have joined in her struggle.
It’s really easy to lose sight of what’s really important sometimes, and honestly it’s even easier to get caught up in life’s unpleasantries. Taking the time to say, “Wow, how amazing is it that this community joined together to support a comparatively young woman stricken with a horrible disease?” sadly takes a backseat to discussions on the Ground Zero Mosque or Guinness Book of World Records-worthy horses or athletes behaving badly or whatever.
I was truly touched to learn of the support offered to Portsmouth firefighter Sarah Fox by her brave co-workers. The Portsmouth Fire Fighters Charitable Organization does many great things, but their pinnacle as far as I’m concerned is their work on the Sarah Fox Cancer Fund.
From their website:
Portsmouth Firefighter Sarah Fox was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 9, 2007. At the time she was also 36 ½ weeks pregnant with twins. Twelve hours after her diagnosis the twins were born making a family of seven. While it wasn’t easy, Sarah fought through the many challenges and treatments that cancer brings and beat the odds returning to work in January 2009.
Just over a year later Sarah developed a pain in her hip which was discovered to be cancer. Sarah, her husband Matt, and their 5 children and extended family are faced with the fight against cancer once again.
Wow. At what should have been one of the happiest times of her life, Sarah Fox found out that she faced a potentially terminal illness. She fought the disease aggressively, appeared to win the battle, only to find out that her body’s war with this horrible disease had only begun.
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