I spent 32 years in the California Fire Service, working with the California Division of Forestry, (now Cal Fire), The Orange County Fire Department, (now the Orange County Fire Authority) and the San Marcos Fire Department where I served as Department Chief up to my retirement in 2006. Shortly thereafter, I served on the first ever National Catastrophic Planning Team for the New Madrid Seismic Zone where I developed Catastrophic Response Plans for the State of Tennessee and FEMA R-IV. In 2010, I worked at the US Army Installation Management Command in Crystal City VA, assisting with army fire departments throughout the world. Since then, I have provided emergency management consulting services to various state agencies throughout the southeast United States as I have resided in Franklin Tennessee for the last 12 years. Many years ago, I was diagnosed with job related skin cancer, which is now in remission. My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer right before the start of the 2018 challenge, and my brother is a cancer survivor, but still struggles with the long-term effects of the treatment he received. When I take on the 2019 Challenge I will be 64 years old.
Thank you for considering a pledge. Together we can make a difference in addressing the issues of firefighter occupational cancer.
Larry Webb, Fire Chief Retired.
For 2019, the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge is pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with the Brothers Helping Brothers and the Carney Strong Initiative. They focus directly on helping small and rural fire departments raise awareness regarding Firefighter occupational cancer. Having served as a Fire Chief for a smaller organization, I know that many smaller departments often lack appropriate funding. The money they raise goes directly to providing grants which assists these departments with the supplies needed to establish decontamination programs.
In 2018, the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge, raised over $6,000 for the National Firefighter Cancer Support Network. During that challenge, I covered 110 miles over the Scottish Highlands in some pretty rough conditions. But each day I started out, I knew that the 100-mile journey I was on would still not compare to the challenge many of our fellow firefighters face as they work through their job-related cancer diagnosis.
So, with the 2018 challenge in the books, the 2019 challenge will begin from Fort William, Scotland, where I had finished last year. It is from this point, I will push further north for the next 100 miles. You can go with me by following along on the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge Facebook and the Twitter page.
So, what exactly is the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge?
The 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge is a fundraiser to help deal with the growing problem of cancer in the fire service. The 100 miles shows our fellow firefighters that we will go the distance with them. For this year, the trek will start in Fort William, known as the outdoor capital of Scotland, then head north around the Loch Ness into Inverness. Maybe I will get a glimpse of Nessie. From there, the route turns south along the other side of the Loch, eventually ending in Fort Augustus.
This by far is one of the best fundraising events you can follow as there are lots of pictures and videos that are posted for each day’s trek. I will take you to places you may have never seen before. To get a glimpse of what you may be seeing for 2019, see the 2018 video below.
When is the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge?
Dates have not been locked in as of yet, but it will be in the fall of 2019, and more than likely in September.
How much money could we raise?
This is where you can help out. By making a pledge for each mile I hike, we are hoping to reach a goal of $10,000, surpassing our 2018 efforts. You can donate any amount you like and even a $5.00 donation combined with the efforts of many others, makes a big difference. The more you share the Facebook Page, posts, and the link to the donation page, the more opportunity we have in reaching that goal. The funds you donate are tax deductible and go directly to funding the efforts of the Carney Strong Initiative.