Denver Firefighters Relief Fund
The Denver Firefighters Relief Fund has had the opportunity to assist many firefighters and their families through times of difficulty and hardship throughout the years we have been in operation. Below we have shared with you some of the testimonials we have received. It is important to us as an organization to keep in mind not only those who need help but those who have been helped as we continue to serve those who placed their lives on the front lines.
If you or a family member has been assisted by the Denver Firefighters Relief Fund, we encourage you to share your story with us! All testimonials are posted anonymously and encourage others to continue their fight.
On February 25, 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer. A tumor was found in my right front temporal lobe, and after a craniotomy was performed and the tumor removed (to the extent that it could be) the pathology showed it to be a rare form of brain cancer. I soon thereafter began aggressive treatments to try and kill the cancer. I went through 6.5 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy 5 days a week. Following radiation I was given a month for rest and recovery, then I started chemotherapy. What was supposed to be a 6 month course of chemotherapy and MRI's eventually turned into 15 months. Fortunately, I made it through this long process and am now cancer free!
During the course of my treatments the bills began to pile up rather quickly. Between co-pays, medications, and travel expenses I was spending quite a bit of money even with good health care coverage. The DFFRF and its members were very quick to offer assistance in any way they could. After compiling a list of my co-pays they issued me a check without question or hesitation. This check was a huge help! As one might imagine, I was dealing with many things, and not having to worry about anything financially was a great boost both financially and emotionally!
The DFFRF really helped me out and couldn't have made it any easier! Fighting cancer was made much more tolerable through the kindness and generosity shown to me be the DFFRF! I can't thank them enough!
Over four years ago my wife was diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis was one that set our family (my wife, myself, and our two young boys) on our heels. She has gone through chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and eleven surgeries. We felt that the best option we had to get the treatment my wife needed to save her life was to seek out treatment outside the network of the insurance provider. Doing so mounted up an exorbitant amount of medical expenses. The Denver Fire Relief Fund provided financial assistance that made it possible to work through the financial stress our family endured. At no time did we ever think that we would be in a position to reach out for any assistance, but that was exactly where we found ourselves. We will always be extremely thankful for the organization and the members that contribute to the Relief Fund.
2014 was an exciting and difficult year for my family. My wife, Kelly, was admitted to St. Joes Hospital at the end of March due to a high risk pregnancy. Thankfully, after a three month stay, my wife, our 2 year old son, Sam, and I left St. Joes with two healthy twin baby girls, Olivia and Eloise. As you can imagine, after a long hospital stay and adding two new babies to our family our financial situation had changed. Several members of the DFD had encouraged me to look into Hearts of Fire (Denver Firefighters Relief Fund) for assistance. It’s not in our nature to ask for help, but sometimes you have to swallow your pride for the sake of your family, so I contacted Denver Firefighters Relief Fund. This assistance helped to offset our medical bills, which then allowed us to put money towards other things like diapers, diapers and more diapers! My family and I are very grateful for the financial assistance we received. More importantly, we’re thankful to know that the Denver Firefighters Relief Fund is there to help us in our time of need.
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